Sleep Deprivation Symptoms
Symptoms caused by not enough sleep can be a warning sign of potential, preliminary or advanced sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation comes with many negative effects and over a period of years can cut your life span, while putting your daily life in a constant fog. For many people the solution is a custom NuAge memory foam mattress. There are many ways a mattress can affect sleep.
A good, deep sleep on a regular basis is essential to balanced mental, emotional, and physical health. It helps you stay focused during the day, regulates your mood, and improves productivity on a daily basis. Here are some warning signs you aren’t getting enough sleep:
- Waking up during the night from stress, a bad dream, or a sleep disorder
- Over sleeping past your normal wakeup time and experiencing post-sleep inertia, aka worn-out syndrome
- You’re moody and easily irritable
- Weight gain, as you consume more food for energy to get through the day
- Daytime drowsiness
- You notice yourself forgetting things more often, or performing poorly
Sleep Deprivation Consequences
Short sleepers have higher mortality rates than people who sleep around the standard 8 hours. Not enough sleep is also linked to higher rates of depression and weight gain, poorer immune system and memory function. Not enough sleep will affect your judgment and reaction time, even if you are not consciously aware of it.
Wakefulness is associated with mitochondrial stress and without sufficient sleep, neuron degeneration sets in, which can lead to dementia.
When you upset your circadian rhythm, the results cascade through your system, raising blood pressure and stress levels, impairing sexual function and fertility, deregulating hunger hormones and blood sugar, increasing the expression of genes associated with inflammation, weakening the immune system, increasing the risk of diabetes, cancer and more. Your body can rapidly deteriorate over a period of time from not enough sleep.
How Much Sleep Per Day is Optimal?
Here are the guidelinesof the National Sleep Foundation Scientific Advisory Council on how long you should sleep:
- Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range 14-17 hours
- Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range 12-15 hours
- Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range 11-14 hours
- Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range 10-13 hours
- School age children (6-13): Sleep range 9-11 hours
- Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range 8-10 hours
- Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range 7-9 hours
- Adults (26-64): Sleep range 7-9 hours
- Older adults (65+): Sleep range 7-8 hours
Sleep Recharges Your Body
The key to sleeping well is to make sleep a priority, rather than trading off sleep to do more of other things. For severe sleep deprivation it is wise to seek professional help. Sleep is one of the foundation pillars of optimal health – you sacrifice it at great risk to your mental, emotional and physical well-being.
Getting enough sleep and ensuring good quality sleep is a key to maintaining good physical and mental health. If you are unable to get a solid night’s sleep, the first thing you should ask yourself is, is my mattress depriving me of sleep?