How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Body and Mind

Written by Dr Sandra Miranda, ND
Getting enough sleep is essential to both your body and your mind. The first thing you will notice is that you start feeling tired and sleepy.
Sleep acts as a restoration period. It restores and replenishes the body, heals aching muscles and can soothe aches and pains. Without the right amount of sleep, we run our energy level into a deficit.
Sleep deprivation affect us mentally, emotionally and physically. 
Mentally- the brain becomes affected with a lack of sleep and this shows up in trouble remembering even simple tasks.   It causes you to begin to forget important data. You might have trouble following what you are supposed to do at work or what is going on with your family. As the sleep deprivation continues, you will lose more cognitive ability.
When you are driving, you will react slower to traffic signals, the motions of other vehicles. You won’t be able to concentrate or pay attention.
Some even get to the point of experiencing hallucinations. You will make more mistakes, and if others are depending on you at work or home, those mistakes could have serious repercussions. You may even start to experience short-term memory loss.
Emotionally – You may become irritable even for no reason. You may be angry and take that out on others. You can experience anxiety and depression.
Studies have shown that getting enough sleep is closely tied with emotional well-being. Sleep deprivation can cause you to engage in behaviour you wouldn’t normally do, like taking foolish risks with your safety or engaging in heated fights with others.
Physically- You will become clumsy and less coordinated. You may start to drop things without warning. You will experience muscle aches, pains and spasms.
A lack of sleep that is caused by a sleep disorder can cause painful leg cramps. With a loss of sleep, your blood pressure begins to climb and your stress level mounts.
You can put on weight – and sleep deprivation elevates your chance of having a stroke, heart attack or developing diabetes. Because sleep deprivation weakens your immune system, you can lose the ability to fight off even a simple virus.
If you have been suffering with chronic insomnia, visit your Naturopathic Doctor today and get to the root cause of the problem.  You’ll be surprised how small tweaks to your diet and lifestyle can make a big difference.

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