Getting regular and restful sleep will not give you immunity from injury or disease, but it will lower your risk for many health problems. If you find yourself waking up groggy and tired even after a full night of sleep, you may have a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea are serious and can cause you to be at risk for stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, arthritis, diabetes, and obesity. If you believe you have a sleep disorder, sleep testing may help you determine if you do. Once you know why you are not getting restful sleep, you can solve the problem and be on your way to beneficial sleep.
Better mood and clearer thinking
Walking through life in a drowsy fog is no good. Just like with crying babies, a lack of sleep can make you cranky. A lack of sleep imbalances your hormone regulation which impacts your mood. A lack of sleep also impairs your cognitive function. Studies have shown that those running on very little restful sleep are worse at simple math problems than when they are well-rested. It also affects your ability to avoid mistakes. Being sleep-deprived can increase your risk for injury and accident.
Control your weight
Sleep deprivation is linked to weight gain. Part of this is behavioral. If you are tired and cranky and apt for mistakes, you are less likely to good a healthful meal. You are more likely to run through the drive-thru or to grab the quick processed snack from the kitchen. But part of this is hormonal. Like with your mood, a lack of sleep can cause problems with your hormone regulation. Fewer hours of sleep can decrease the release of the hormone, leptin, which controls the feeling you get when you are full. If you have a lack of leptin, you feel more hungry. You feel more hungry and you eat more.
Your health depends on restful sleep
If you are not getting restful nights of sleep, you should find a solution for your health’s sake. You can schedule a consultation by calling Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at 832-764-7847, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.