How your sleep pattern can affect your health.

How your sleep pattern can affect your health.

How your sleep pattern can affect your health

Just like food and water, sleep is essential fuel for mind, body and soul. If you don’t want to look like Count Dracula with great big black panda eyes, hope to stay awake during the day and string enough sentences together to sound fully compos mentis, you need your sleep.

Not getting enough shut eye effects all of us on the odd occasion but if sleepless nights are a frequent occurrence, you will get more than just a groggy head and bags under your eyes. Did you know that as per the National Sleep Foundation, the average adult should be getting 7 – 9 hours of good quality sleep per night!

Lack of concentration and attention

You might not have ADHD but not having enough sleep to rest your mind, you will find it increasingly hard to make important decisions. Even making the smallest choices could end up seeming difficult and perhaps overwhelming. You won’t be able to see the wood for the trees and long term sleep shortage can lead to long term cognitive issues with memory. Poor performance at work is also not conducive to keeping your job.

Accidents

Sleep deprivation is one of biggest cause of accidents at work, home and even more scarily, on the road. You might think you are functioning ok, albeit more in autopilot style than anything else. This however, only means you are not fully paying attention and results in clumsiness and slower reactions.

Health Problems

Not getting enough sleep can alarmingly lead to a whole bagful of chronic diseases not just limited to weight gain and obesity. Studies have even shown that lack of sleep can lead to increased risk of heart problems even in those not overweight. Depression is another risk factor from not getting sufficient quality snooze time. It is also believed that lack of sleep can lead to body structural issues such as osteoporosis and increased risk of certain types of cancer such as breast cancer and yes, men can get this too!

Further studies have even shown, particularly in men, that those gents who get little sleep on a regular basis, do not tend to live as long as those who average between 6.5 and 7.5 a night.

Poor Eating Habits

The need to stay awake will have you reaching for caffeinated drinks, sugary and high carb foods for that energy high. This high low cycle can also kick the will to get active, go to the gym or walk the dog – this guys, is just a downhill slide.

Mood Swings

Being grumpy, irritable and frustrated are common symptoms of excessive tiredness. Your mood will affect that of others and could upset relationships with friends, family and colleagues. Bringing grumpy to the bed room also doesn’t do much good for your love life either.

For further information visit http://www.journalsleep.org/, https://sleepfoundation.org/ http://www.healthline.com/health/sleep-deprivation/effects-on-body