Damaging Health Effects Sleep Deprivation Can Have On the Body and Mind

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We talk a lot about the potential damage that all kinds of things have on our health and how we can avoid it. One thing that we don’t talk about enough is the effects of sleep deprivation and how it affects our physical and mental wellness and our state of mind. Here are some of the ways that sleep deprivation could be affecting you and the way you live your life.

 

Physical Health

When you are sleep deprived, you are more likely to get injured and come down with whatever illnesses you come across in your day-to-day life. This is because the human body uses the time and energy produced while you are asleep to repair the damage done to your muscles and fight back against the different bacteria and viruses that you come across during your waking hours.

When your body doesn’t have that time to fix itself, you are more likely to stay injured and stay sick then you would be if you were well-rested. This can make your life a lot harder in the long run.

Mental Wellness

Those of us who struggle with our mental health knows that the harder our general life is, the harder it is to deal with our various mental illnesses. When we don’t sleep, our lives get exponentially harder for a lot of reasons.

When we are struggling with her mental illness, it also makes it a lot harder for us to get to sleep at night, let alone get high quality sleep like we need to be our happiest and healthiest selves. 

We will also struggle with making good decisions for our health and happiness. Making a decision takes a lot longer than it would if you are well rested because your brain is not going to be firing on all pistons. When you do make a decision, you are less likely to make a decision that is smart and well-thought out for the same reason. This can improve increase your risk of injury and danger in general.

But how do you fix it? Let’s look at some of the ways that you can work to improve your sleep. .

How Can You Improve Your Sleep?

One of the best ways to improve your sleep is to update your mattress and pillows in order to make sure that they are as supportive as they can be. Mattresses should be bought new every 6 to 10 years and pillows should be replaced every 1 to 3 years so that you get the support you need from them.

You should also set a routine for yourself. By doing this, you will make it easier on your brain and body to figure out that it’s time to go to bed at the same time every day. In turn, that will make it easier to get to sleep and stay asleep. You should also make sure that heavy exercise is not part of your bedtime routine, because heavy exercise will get your adrenaline and heart pumping, which will keep you up at night. If you find yourself really struggling to sleep, talk to your doctor about what might be causing it.

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