Are you tired? Waking up failing to feel refreshed?
Well, unfortunately, you may be experiencing from moderate to chronic sleep deprivation. Sleep is as valuable to our bodies as eating and drinking without a consistent and regular sleep schedule you leave yourself at risk of experiencing some very negative effects.
Keep reading to find out more about sleep debt and ultimately how to recover from it.
Sleep debt and the body
When you accumulate sleep debt you may experience symptoms such as fuzzy-headedness, irritability, and fatigue. When you allow this sleep debt to become chronic you greatly increase the risks to your health leaving you susceptible to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and memory loss. Missing just one night of sleep or getting less than the recommended hours can cause you to slip into the consequences of sleep debt.
Why sleep debt occurs
There are numerous reasons as to why sleep debt occurs ranging from insomnia, sleep apnea, to depression or other underlying conditions that may require medical attention. However, the most common reasons behind why sleep debt occurs are due to burning the candle at both ends and failing to be consistent about going to bed and waking up on a regular schedule.
How to avoid sleep deprivation
- Create a sleep sanctuary. Reserve your bedroom solely for sleep, intimacy, and other restful activities, like reading and yoga. Keeping it cool can also help you to fall asleep easier. Cut diversions out, leave the tv off and your phone in the other room. If you need an alarm go old school.
- Nap if necessary. Napping regularly can actually end up interfering with your ability to sleep at night, making your sleep schedule more out of whack.
- No coffee in the afternoon and reduce the amount of alcohol you consume.
- Regularly exercise.
- Have a consistent sleep schedule and stick to it.
Sleep deprivation shouldn’t rule over your life. Recover and repair the negative effects of sleep deprivation today. If you chose to follow some of the advice in this article but are still failing to feel refreshed in the morning discuss the problem with your clinician your sleep deprivation could be the rest of a medical condition.