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Most of us experience a sleepless night here and there, but what about those who experience chronic sleep deprivation? How does it affect our health and can we prevent sleepless nights from occurring over and over again? Insomnia, described as difficulty falling asleep, can lead to long-term sleep deprivation if it goes unchecked. Sleep deprivation, which can develop from variety of contributing factors, is characterized by waking up too early and not being able to fall back asleep, frequent awakenings, and waking up but still feeling extremely tired. Though occasional insomnia is a minimal health concern, long term sleep deprivation can affect your health.
Over time, an undiagnosed sleep disorder, an unresolved psychological issue, or the stresses of everyday life can cause you to fall out of your normal sleep patterns and experience negative health effects. Prescription medications and drug and alcohol dependence can also produce sleep disturbances that are difficult to resolve. Deviations from these sleep patterns and their causes can also go unnoticed because the importance of getting enough sleep is often taken for granted in our society.
Stress is the most common trigger of sleep deprivation and is also considered a contributing factor in many health related conditions by the medical community. Potentially the root cause of both insomnia and sleep deprivation, stress related hormonal imbalances can produce elevated cortisol levels and increase appetite. Increased appetite leads to unnecessary weight gain, and a vicious cycle of health deteriorating conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, low energy levels, and a sedentary lifestyle.
A report from WebMD suggests that if you notice yourself nodding off while driving, having difficulty concentrating, experiencing memory lapses, or being snappy and irritable, you may indeed be sleep deprived. Two studies from the National Sleep Foundation suggest that healthy adults need seven to eight hours of sleep each night in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In order to get enough sleep each night, try to avoid intense exercise or eating large meals late at night. Remember to reduce stress related factors in life by seeing your shrink every week.