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The Effects of Sleep Deprivation

It is no secret that sleep is essential for your health and well-being. Sleep brings your body a plethora of both mental and physical benefits. Experts recommend that adults get seven to nine hours of shut-eye each night, but millions do not get the sleep they need.

So what exactly happens when you don't get enough sleep? What are the effects of sleep deprivation on your body?

Sleep deprivation is a state caused by an inadequate quality or quantity of sleep. Some of the causes of sleep deprivation are in your control, and others need more medical attention. Sleep deprivation can often result from disruptions to the sleep-wake cycle, illness, changes to routine, or poor attention to health needs. But sometimes, more significant issues are involved, such as narcolepsy, sleep apnea, or restless leg syndrome.

Memory Issues

While sleeping, your brain makes meaningful connections that move memories from your short-term memory into your long-term memory. Therefore, when you are sleep deprived, you may struggle to process and remember new information.

Weight Gain

A good night's rest helps promote a healthy metabolism. First, a lack of sleep affects your body's insulin release, which helps to lower your blood sugar. Additionally, sleep deprivation causes the chemicals that signal your brain that you are full to become off balance, making you more likely to overeat.

Weakened Immune System

When you are sleeping, your body produces infection-fighting warriors like antibodies and cytokines. These substances are used to combat bacteria and viruses. However, sleep deprivation means your body is not getting enough time to replenish and store immune system forces to fend off invaders and keep you healthy.

Mental Health Issues

Sleep deprivation leaves your brain feeling exhausted, so it cannot function as well as it should. You can relate if you have ever felt impatient or overly emotional after a poor night's sleep. Over time, sleep deprivation can even lead to more severe issues such as hallucinations, anxiety, depression, and paranoia.

To ensure a good night's sleep and avoid sleep deprivation, follow these steps:

• Adhere to a sleep schedule and limit daytime naps.

• Create a relaxing environment and evening routine.

• Include physical activity in your daily routine.

• Monitor your diet, especially before bedtime.

• Reduce alcohol consumption

• Manage anxiety.

• Get a comfortable bed, mattress, and pillow.

Pittsburgh Mattress Factory knows how important sleep is for your health. Sleeping comfortably on a quality mattress is a huge factor in your ability to get a good night's sleep. For 50 years, customers have relied on our experience making high-quality mattresses to help you get a good night's sleep. Buy with confidence, knowing your custom mattress will be designed just for your needs at a factory-direct price.

Contact Pittsburgh Mattress at (941) 729-7604 or visit our mattress factory at 2424 US Highway 301 in Ellenton to see how we build each mattress.




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