Sleep deprivation is a common problem in the UK. It is described as the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. While many people don’t get enough sleep at night, not everyone is aware of the health effects a lack of sleep can have. It can have a serious impact on your day-to-day life and also lead to more serious health conditions.
Causes of sleep deprivation
Sleep deprivation can have various different causes. You might not be getting a sufficient amount of sleep due to work or study commitments. A poor sleep environment might also be preventing you from falling asleep easily. Insomnia and other sleep disorders also make falling and staying asleep a lot harder.
Short and long term effects of sleep deprivation
You can usually immediately tell when you haven’t gotten enough sleep. Not only will you feel exhausted, but you will probably notice a change in your mood. Irritability and mood swings, in addition to a general lack of energy are common symptoms. You might also feel stress or anxious more easily. While this is bad enough, if you suffer from sleep deprivation for a prolonged period, you could be doing serious damage to your health. Not only will you possibly gain weight, but you could also be at risk for getting depression, diabetes or also affect hormone production.
How to get a better night’s sleep
Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to ensure you get a good night’s sleep: you can make sure your room is dark and free from all electronics and things that distract you. Ensuring the room is well ventilated will also make for a good sleeping environment. You should also avoid consuming alcohol, cigarettes or fatty, heavy foods. Caffeine should also be eliminated from your bedtime ritual. Reading a book or taking a warm bath right before bed should also help you fall asleep faster.