We all know how we feel when we fail to sleep well; we can feel cranky, we don’t think as clearly and find it hard to focus after just a few nights of poor sleep. Sleep deprivation can cause your brain to function inefficiently. You may find yourself having trouble making decisions or solving problems. When you are sleep deficient, your emotions may feel out of control; you are more likely to get angry or feel impulsive and experience mood swings.
Losing sleep can increase your overall stress levels and your reaction to stress. While a certain amount of stress is a normal part of everyday life, being sleep deprived makes those normal stressors seem much worse. This can begin a vicious cycle, where you lose sleep due to stress, which increases your stress, which keeps you from sleeping.
Lack of sleep has also been linked to many chronic health conditions, including heart and kidney disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. It can also increase the risk of stroke. Your body requires sleep to repair the wear and tear on your heart and blood vessels as well as the rest of your body.
If you are sleep deprived, it can also interfere with insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar. Less sleep can equal higher blood sugar, which increases the risk of diabetes. Insomnia and lack of sleep has also been linked weight gain. Sleep helps keep your hormones in balance. When you are sleep deprived, your body ends up producing more Ghrelin (which makes you hungry) and less Leptin (which makes you feel full).
Getting good, restful sleep is vital, both for your body and your mind to function properly. So how can we improve our ability to sleep well naturally? The first step is to practice good sleep habits, or hygiene. Below are some sleep habits that can help:
- Set a regular bedtime and wake up at the same time each day.
- A comfortable bedroom used for sleep and sex only.
- Watch what you consume.
- Create a sleep ritual.
- Get an evaluation.
- Hypnosis for sleep.