Fight Back Against Sleep Deprivation: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself
Apr16

Fight Back Against Sleep Deprivation: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself

We’ve all gone through all-nighters before. Whether it was back in college for some late-night studying or a sleepless night caring for a newborn — it’s not their fault they can’t tell the difference between day and night for their first two months of life — losing a night of sleep is tough, but it can be done… in moderation. You can bounce back from a single poor night’s sleep, but it’s a lot more difficult if it’s something that you struggle with often.   Sleep deprivation is a serious issue that needs to be correctly handled. Insomnia and sleeplessness can have a serious impact on all aspects of your life. In fact, sleep deprivation has been linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other mental health issues.   Up to 51% of all employees state that they’re less productive at work because of stress and sleep can play a major role in overall wellbeing. You really do need a solid seven to nine hours of sleep each night in order to feel healthy, focused, and ready to take on the day.   “There are lots of methods available to help aid sleep, such as avoiding electronic devices close to bedtime, controlling light and noise levels, and avoiding stimulants such as caffeine,” said Dr. Doug Wright, medical director at Aviva UK Health.   Here are some great questions to ask yourself that should help you tackle your recent nighttime issues:   Are you willing to try a new approach — If you’re not willing to try something new, you’re going to likely continue struggling to fall asleep at night. Certain things work perfect for other people and won’t work at all for you. You have to find out what works for your body. Consider steeping Chamomile tea, a healthy sleep aid, for about 15 minutes and keep it covered so you don’t lose any of the heat.   Is your bedroom really a good place to sleep? — If your room isn’t cool, dark, and relatively quiet, you might want to make some changes. Don’t watch TV at night, put your phone away, and make sure you have a working air conditioning unit and heating unit during the summer and winter. Keep in mind, efficient HVAC systems require maintenance inspections at least twice a year.If your TV is always on, you have music blasting, or a pet keeps jumping on your bed, you’re going to continue to sleep poorly.”As much as possible, someone who is having trouble sleeping should remove anything from their bedroom that is likely to wake them,” added Dr. Linda Myerholtz, a clinical psychologist with UNC Family Medicine. “This may include pets in the bed or even,...

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