The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation [Infographic]

Feeling the waking dead lately? Learn why sleep deprivation is so dangerous.

Zombie movies are all the rage these days, but does anyone really want to be a zombie?  Still, 70 million of us are walking around like zombies because we haven’t had a good night’s sleep since who knows when. There are 85 recognized sleep disorders, and many of us are plagued by one or more of them.

What are Sleep Disorders?

Adults should get 7-8 hours of sleep every night, though many of us do not.   What causes all this sleep deprivation? Some common sleep disorders are:

All of these disorders cause restless sleep. Conditions like sleep apnea may still allow for a full night’s sleep in terms of hours. However, sleep apnea deprives the body of much-needed oxygen, so sufferers still wake up feeling exhausted. Other conditions, like insomnia, cause trouble when falling asleep at night or make us wake up frequently without being able to return to sleep. Restless Leg Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement both cause the sufferer to feel the need to move constantly.

The Zombie Apocalypse- Is Sleep Deprivation Really a Big Deal?

Do you have friends who brag that they sleep only four hours at night and still wake up refreshed? Take courage.  This doesn’t mean they are  higher forms of life.  Generally speaking, these people are putting both themselves and others at risk.  How is this?

Research suggests that sleep deprivation is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, putting it on par with the damage caused by smoking.

Others researchers have shown that those who skimp on sleep have a much greater risk of premature death. Why? Sleep deprivation raises the risk of disease. Your body needs sleep to recharge, to repair organs, and to organize information so you can think clearly.

When you are sleep-deprived, you are more likely to make judgement errors. If you lose just 90 minutes of sleep one night, your alertness the next day decreases as much as 32%.  Though most of us would never drink and drive, many still drive while drowsy. Sleep-deprived driving causes more than 1,500 fatal accidents every year.

Clearly, the long-term and short-term effects of sleep deprivation are not worth skimping on a few hours of sleep every night. However, most of us aren’t sleep-deprived by choice. We can’t wait to get a good night’s sleep! How can we ensure that we get all the z’s we need?

Returning to Life as We Know it

If you are having trouble sleeping at night, it’s time to make some changes. These may include lifestyle changes such as:

  • moderate, regular exercise
  • losing weight
  • shutting off electronics before bed
  • stress reduction

You may also wish to try some natural sleeping aids. Some tried-and-true remedies include:

  • valerian
  • coffea cruda 30c
  • lemon balm
  • chammomile tea
  • melatonin
  • l-theanine

Having a custom-designed plan to get your sleep patterns back on track may be just what you need. During your free, ten-minute consultation, we will help you get on the path to a brighter, safer, and healthier lifestyle. Contact us today!

The Waking Dead: Dangers of Sleep Deprivation
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