Sleep Deprivation

Sleep DeprivationGetting an 8-hours night sleep is usually the human goal to get, but of course, there are occasions where you don’t for various reasons. Maybe it’s stress, anxiety of starting a new job, a newborn or you had too much caffeine. So you play it off as a one-off night’s sleep and it won’t happen again the next day. But when it rolls into a nightly thing is when it becomes a problem. Your day-to-day life tends to suffer: your work performance, sports performance, mood, balance, lack of alertness and more. Below are some symptoms, causes, as well as ways to help get those zzz’s back on track:


Symptoms:

  • Mood swings (not just hormone related)
  • Extreme, chronic fatigue
  • Unable to retain new information
  • Forgetfulness
  • Lack of attention
  • Off-balance
  • Increased food consumption


Common Causes
  • Accumulating sleep debt 
  • Going to bed late and waking up early daily or often
  • Frequently tossing and turning
  • Never reaching full REM
  • Medical issues; depression, sleep apnea, hormone, autoimmune

Effects & Impact:

  • Weakens the immune system and unable to fight off illness
  • Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Increased stress
  • Decreased alertness
  • Decreased hormone production in men and women
  • Weight gain
  • Depression, anxiety, and paranoia
  • Increased blood pressure and sugar levels


Helpful Treatments:

  • Relaxation and meditation
  • Lessen daily stimulation
  • OTC medication
  • Keep a night-time routine
  • Keep a daily schedule: wake and sleep at the same time everyday
  • Turn off electronics about 30 min. before bed
  • Read
  • Keep room dark, cool and quiet
  • Eat at least 2-3 hours before bedtime
  • Weighted blanket
  • Magnesium supplements
  • Essential Oils & Diffusers (Lavender!)

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