Sleep may not be the cure-all for everything, but sleep helps! If you haven’t been getting a good night’s sleep for a long time or even just a specific period of time you need to take action, seek help, not just hope the issue will resolve itself.
We’ve all had those nights, the ones where we toss and turn, our thoughts racing a million miles an hour, and sleep is more elusive than a cash payout at a busy casino. Too many of those nights and everything starts to suffer!
When you’re overtired or not getting the restorative sleep you need, one of the first things to suffer is your mental alertness. You become foggy, unable to think clearly, and more prone to making mistakes. It is difficult to concentrate on tasks and can be dangerous if you are working high off the ground, operating a vehicle or heavy machinery, or working on an assembly line where you should be alert. You are more apt to get into an automobile accident, stumble and fall, or experience other types of careless injuries.
Sleep helps refresh and restore you mentally and physically. Sleep helps restore your energy levels and strengthens your immune system. Sleep helps you function better in every area of your life.
People who aren’t getting the sleep their bodies need are also more prone to depression and other illnesses. Restorative sleep helps keep the body functioning properly. Without it, the immune system is weakened and you become more susceptible to illnesses like the flu, colds, and even more serious health conditions like cancer or diabetes.
From an emotional standpoint, lack of sleep leads to irritability, frustration, and overreacting to small things and that causes stress in your relationships, as well. Getting adequate sleep helps you keep things in perspective and fortifies your relationships.
Sleep helps you cope with change, transitions, and everyday stress, too. Your body needs down time to regroup from all the stresses of the day every day. Going for days or weeks without an adequate amount of sleep or without having a good quality of rest can disrupt every area of your life. Lack of sleep leads to poor study habits, bad grades, increased tension among families, lack of productivity, conflicts between friends, short tempers on the job and elsewhere, and even more stress. And it has somewhat of a snowball effect. Poor sleep habits and poor quality sleep result in problems that often lead to more sleepless nights caused by stress.
Sleep problems can be caused by medical disorders many people are unaware of such as sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg disorder and other conditions that are treatable. Sleep helps us be the people we are meant to be with the energy and vitality we want to have so its important to get help if you aren’t getting the quantity and quality of sleep you need to be your best. Sleep helps us function in every way, shape, and form. If you’re not getting the sleep you need, get help to identify and resolve the problem. You’ll be glad you did!
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