What impact does insomnia have on you?
Anyone who’s suffered with insomnia before knows that the next day is a minefield of feeling tired, cranky, and disorientated. But there are other effects it has that are worth thinking about:
° Memory issues
When you’re asleep your brain is working hard to form connections that help you process and store information. A bad night’s sleep can disrupt this process and can negatively impact short- and long-term memory – as well as concentration levels.
° Weakened immunity
If you’re getting too little sleep you could be more at risk of catching viruses such as common colds or flu. Sleep deprivation can seriously weaken your immune system.
Being drowsy can affect your judgment and reaction times, so car accidents are more likely. Along with injuries from other causes such as trips and falls.
° Weight gain
The chemicals that tell your brain that you’re full are reduced when you have a poor night’s sleep. Which means that you’re more likely to be reaching for those late-night snacks.
° Mood changes
Being deprived of sleep can make you moody, super emotional, and quick-tempered. If you suffer from chronic insomnia, it can start to manifest in more serious ways such as anxiety and depression.
Are there insomnia treatments?
The good news is that insomnia is usually treatable. Here are some things you can do to tackle it:
Change lifestyle habits, e.g., improve your diet, eliminate naps, etc.
° Address health-related issues such as anxiety, medical conditions, etc.
° Have cognitive behavioral therapy to help improve sleep and relaxation.
° Make your sleeping environment more comfortable, e.g., by keeping it dark and quiet with minimal clocks for you to keep glancing at.
° Take prescription medicines – these can help you to get to sleep and stay asleep. However, it’s worth mentioning that doctors don’t recommend using them for more than a few weeks.
° Wear earplugs. A pair of noise-reducing earplugs can really make a difference to sleep quality.
Check out our blog post here to guide you on the best earplugs for better sleep.
° Stay active. Regular activity helps promote a good night’s sleep.