We know we feel better if we have a good night’s sleep, but did you know how much damage it could be doing to your health if you aren’t getting enough sleep?
We need sleep to rejuvenate both our body and our mind.
Without it, we can become more stressed, feel fatigued and struggle with any number of health problems.
Chronic sleep deprivation is becoming more common in our culture because of an increase in the demands on the body and nervous system.
We are constantly on the go and aren’t taking the time we need from our hectic schedules to rest our bodies.
Why does it matter?
A healthy individual with just one week of sleep debt will have:
- A decrease in insulin sensitivity
- An imbalance in thyroid rhythms
- A surge of nighttime cortisol
How do you know if you have a problem?
If you are suffering from any of the below symptoms more than once in a while:
- Difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep
- Frequently awakening during the night
- Sleeping through the night but not feeling rested when you wake up
Insomnia can be caused by a number of internal and external factors.
Did you know that all of these things could be affecting your sleep?
- Prescription drugs
- Physical pain
- Overabundant stress
- Circadian rhythm imbalances caused by jet leg or night shiftwork
- Environmental changes
- Affective disorders
- Stimulants like:
- Thyroid medications
- Birth control pills
- Caffeinated coffee or tea
The Good News
Wouldn’t your life be more enjoyable if you were not struggling to stay awake and if you had an increase in focus and concentration because you actually slept at night and dreamed? The good news is that there are many available treatments for sleep apnea, insomnia and even the inability to fall asleep.
Before you have another sleepless night begin to do your body a favor by taking steps to improve your lifestyle and sleep environment. Relax or meditate before it’s time to go to bed. Set up a relaxing environment in your bedroom. Shut down all electronics.
If you can’t seem to make these, or other similar changes, on your own, then it may be worth seeking some kind of professional help from a naturopath or other healthcare provider.
There’s no need to have another sleepless night.