Do you have trouble falling asleep? Staying asleep? Do you wake up tired or unrefreshed? Does pain keep you up or wake you up? Does stress wake you up? Do you snore? Do you get hot flashes or night sweats in the middle of the night?
The most immediate effect of sleep deprivation is sleepiness. In your daily lives, you may experience this as a general fatigue, lack of motivation, or even the experience of nodding off when sitting down for an extended period of time.
In addition to the feeling of sleepiness, a lack of sleep can result in a decrease in your concentration, working memory, mathematical capacity, and logical reasoning.
Sleeping issues can also impact your health in many other ways. A lack of quality sleep can not only cause daytime fatigue but it can cause increased weight, increased blood pressure, abnormalities of your hormones and blood sugar, etc. Poor sleep is associated with a higher incidence of depression, anxiety, and congestive heart failure. Getting a good nights sleep is extremely important for optimizing your health.
Fixing poor sleep takes looking at the big picture—there are many reasons why you may not be getting adequate sleep. It is not simply a matter of just taking a sleeping pill. Getting a good night of sleep is important to having energy and vitality. Sleep disorders can be caused by many things: stress, lack of exercise, pain, hormonal imbalance, nutritional issue, etc. It is important to look at the big picture in order to solve your sleep disorder.