Quality sleep is the most vital aspect of our health. It is very obvious that a proper sleep is very important. It plays an important role in building your physical health, and as well as your emotional well-being. An average adult person should have a 7hrs of sleep daily. Many studies show that people who take the proper amount of sleep every day tends to live longer and healthier lives. Sleep has a number of benefits such as it helps in keeping your heart healthy, it reduces stress, improves memory, and reduces moodiness.
We’ve talked about the benefits of taking proper sleep. Now let’s talk about what happens when you have irregular sleeping patterns. Irregular sleep or lack of sleep is also known as Sleep deprivation. It means not getting the required or right amount of sleep. Lack of sleep has a number of negative effects on your health for example memory issues, mood changes.
What effect does lack of sleep have on your brains?
Sleep deprivation has a deleterious effect on your brains. It literally slows down your brain activity.
- When you do not take proper sleep your mind does not function effectively. When tired due to lack of sleep, it makes difficult for your mind to learn something new; you can’t pay attention to things properly. This also affects your decision-making powers, ability to solve problems and it depreciates your creativity.
- Not getting enough sleep will also affect your moodiness, which can make you feel irritated by everything. It also makes you weak emotionally. Sleep deprivation makes you feel tired and irritable all the time.
- Lack of sleep can make you prone to stress easily because you need sleep to relax your minds and it gets difficult to quiet your mind, which makes you think negatively. If you don’t get enough sleep it will boost your stress hormones, making to more stressed.
- Lack of sleep makes you feel more exhausted then you were which makes it difficult for you to focus on your works.
- The person suffering from lack of sleep can also develop chronic fatigue syndrome, which causes a feeling of depression, tiredness, poor concentration, irritability.
We’ve seen a lot of effects of sleep deprivation on our brains such has moodiness, stress, emotionally weakness, and tiredness. Lack of sleep eventually makes you feel sick obsessed which will cause a major problem in your daily lives because you won’t be able to concentrate on your day to day work. So it is good to take a proper amount of sleep to get rid of all these problems. It is seen that an average person should take at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Proper sleeping patterns will help you to make your mind and body healthier. A good amount of sleep will also help you to look better, which is an important aspect of your life. So, eat healthy and sleep healthy for a better life.
What is insomnia?
If a person is having difficulty in sleeping, he/she may be having insomnia. People with insomnia are generally dissatisfied with their sleep
Symptoms of Insomnia -:
Several symptoms indicate insomnia like
- they experience fatigue and are always low on energy
- they have difficulty in concentrating in their tasks like while reading, learning and poor performance in academics and sports may also be due to insomnia
- getting angry or irritated even at very small things may also be a symptom of insomnia
- people may also experience headache and falling into depression
- waking up too early even after sleeping late at night or waking up at midnights
Types of insomnia -:
- Acute insomnia-: acute insomnia is when you are having sleeping issues for very short amount time maybe due to stressful conditions like- sleeplessness before day of exam or result of something
- Chronic insomnia-: chronic insomnia is when you are not able to sleep for at least 4-5 days/week and it s occurring for a quite long time
Causes Of Insomnia -:
- Stress -: stress could be main reason leading to insomnia. Stressful life events like- death of the loved ones, divorce, job loss may lead to insomnia
- Sleeping/bed habits-: irregular bedtime schedule, studying, eating, gaming, eating, watching tv on bed can lead to insomnia
- Drugs(medications)-: there are certain medicines which interfere with the sleep cycle of the body like- amphetamine commonly used by students for late night studies to prevent sleep. Antidepressants, weight loss products can also cause sleeplessness
- Physically and socially active-: due to less physical and social activity body does not get tired enough to rest
Treatment for insomnia-:
There are many ways insomnia can be treated but most of the part depends on the will power of the person
- Medications-: There are 3 types of medication that can be provided to treat insomnia
- Sedatives-: These types of medicines reduce the activity of brain thus inducing sleep. They affect neurotransmitters GABA ( component of through which brain cells interact) of brain
- Antihistamines-: These are the drugs which are generally used to counter allergic reaction inside the body as insomnia can be caused due to allergic reactions
- Therapies -: A few therapies can also be used to treat insomnia like –
- Light therapy-: it generally consists of exposure to natural light of certain wavelength using laser etc…
- Cognitive therapy-: this program include excercises which replace thoughts that worse sleep experience without using drugs
Precautions to we can take to avoid Insomnia -:
We all know precaution is better than cure, thus there are preventive measures that can be used to prevent insomnia
- being physically active is a very good preventive measure it keeps away not only insomnia but many diseases
- stop taking daytime naps as they interfere with night sleep
- intake of beverages before sleeping time should be avoided especially -: caffeine, alcohol etc…
- take a warm bath, reading before sleeping
- being consistent in bedtime and wake up time can be very helpful
Just remember a healthy lifestyle can treat/prevent not only insomnia but most of the diseases