Sleep deprivation wreaks your life, follow simple tips or visit sleep lab to avoid sleep disorders
Sleep deprivation is used as a technique of interrogation where detainees are deprived of sleep. The effect is so torturous that even the toughest person can break down. This may explain as to why in our day to day life insomnia or sleeplessness pushes us to errors, mistakes, accidents and some behavioral problems.
But the irony is while many people yearn for some good sleep, a lot of us suppress sleep for entertainments in the modern lifestyle. Both conditions are having increasing prevalence in society and their consequences, direct or indirect.
Occasional sleep disorder happens with everybody due to stress, over exhaustion, illness, etc. but when it happens on a regular basis, leading to conditions such as sleeplessness or insomnia, for apparently no external reason it becomes a matter of serious concern.
Frequent sleep deprivation is very frustrating and takes a heavy toll on body and mind. Spending long nights awake, trying unsuccessfully every known trick to catch some sleep is not only distressful but it also spoils the next day, making you dead tired and devoid of energy.
Imagine if this happens frequently, every second or third night, how will it affect your life? Your mood, energy, efficiency, and the entire personality are bound to take a downturn and affect your health and work adversely.
For many of us, lack of sleep and/or disturbed sleep is normal or we tend to ignore the necessity of sufficient and good sleep. Physical, psychological and work-related problems bother us but it doesn’t occur to us to relate them to sleep disorder.
Risks from sleep deprivation
Sleep deprivation, self-inflicted or not, is a global phenomenon which has given rise to the study of sleep epidemiology that reveals the following startling facts -
Sleepiness causes accidents: Sleep Problems are associated with human error and accidents. Nearly 10 -15% of the total motor vehicle accidents in the world happens due to sleepiness and fatigue. Similarly, lack of sleep is likely to double the risk of fatal accidents at work.
Sleep disorders (can also result from sleep apnea which means temporary cessation of breathing during sleep) impairs your thinking and learning: Lack of sleep affects your cognitive processes by impairing your attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem-solving. This causes serious roadblocks to learning abilities. Also, it hampers the process of memorizing and recollecting.
Continuous sleep loss leads to serious health problems: Researchers have found a relationship of sleep deficiency with grave health issues, such as heart diseases, heart attack, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
Sleep disorders also affect our sex drive: Sleep deprived men and women show less interest and energy in sex. Increased tiredness and body aches due to lack of sleep are the main responsible factors. Experts say 17 hours of constant awakened state in adults leads to a considerable drop in performance.
How sleep centers can cure Insomnia or sleep deprivation
Apart from the general do’s and don’ts for sleep there are other reasons for sleeplessness. A sleep lab or sleep center comes as a great help in diagnosing the root cause and treatment.
A sleep study (also known as polysomnogram) is performed during your sleep at the center.
You will be made to have a normal sleep in a quiet and comfortable room barred from all distractions. Before you go to sleep, electrodes will be attached to the different parts of your body such as your face, scalp, chest, and legs to monitor brain, nerve and muscle functions during sleep.
Different body signals are recorded during sleep that includes brain waves, eye movements, breathing patterns, oxygen levels, heart rate, rhythm and limb movements. Tests are performed by the trained physicians who will eventually come to the source of the problem based on the test results.
- do not take any caffeine drink later than early evening
- avoid smoking, especially at night
- keep the bedroom cool and dark
- avoid eating and drinking heavily at least 3 hours before your bedtime
- Maintain regularity about bedtime and wake up time.
- exercise regularly but not during 4 hours before bed
- limit daytime naps to less than 30 minutes
- try and keep all worries out and feel relaxed before sleeping.
- give time to rest and relaxation before sleeping
- read a book at bedtime.
You can’t afford to take your insomnia or other sleep problems lightly and relegate yourself. You are lucky that unlike before, you have a diagnostic test called polysomnography (it’s a non-invasive, painless test) study that does away with all sleep disorders. Contact the Medical Center for more information. Wish you good night sleep.