Sleep deprivation can have long-term health, social and spiritual consequences. Most new parents, high-powered executives, shift workers and adolescents often experience some kind of sleep deprivation. But in this fast-paced environment we all are also at risk of not getting enough sleep and feeling the consequences.
Over time, chronic partial sleep deprivation can cause low immunity, digestion problems, low sex drive, hormonal imbalances, obesity, addiction and depression. Often it contributes to workplace injuries and affects our abilities.
The most common sleep disturbances (aside medical based ones) include difficulty initiating sleep or difficulty maintaining sleep. In most cases the main reasons for these problems arestress and anxiety. Lifestyle and diet are also an important part.
Many people can’t lose weight although they watch their diet and exercise regularly because they don’t get enough sleep.
When you have just few hours of sleep, you may notice developing cravings and you usually need a sugary pick-me-up. The reason for that is that lack of sleep influences hormones that tell your body that it’s full. When these hormones are out of balance, you crave and eat more carbohydrates which can lead to excess calories over time.
Sleep deprivation can also slow down your metabolism. Lack of sleep affects glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity. If your insulin sensitivity is low and you’re craving for carbohydrates, they will be rather stored as fat then used for energy.
Maybe it doesn’t seem that way but lack of sleep is also a big stressor. It raises your cortisol levels as though you are going through a traumatic experience or you have too many things on your to – do list.
In an average 8-hour sleep, two hours are spent in deep sleep and the rest in a light sleep. Quality of sleep is also very important. Lack of deep sleep can increase chances of illness as it is the time when our immune system is peaking.
Before going to bed, try drinking a cup of chamomile tea that will assist in relaxing and calming the nervous system to help induce a good night sleep.
And in conclusion, here is a nice little saying about sleep:
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise.”