It is common for people to not get enough quality sleep, and this negatively impacts their health, well-being, and daily activities.
While the right amount of sleep may differ from person to person, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. According to their estimates, 1 in 3 adults sleeps insufficiently.
An occasional interruption in sleep can be frustrating, whereas an ongoing pattern of poor sleep can adversely affect performance at work or school, one’s ability to function during the day, and one’s health.
Dr. Patricia Patterson, medical director of UAB Medicine’s Sleep/Wake Disorders Center, says chronic sleep deprivation causes severe health consequences.
According to her, diabetes, obesity, depression, anxiety, along with worsened memory and immune system functions, are common conditions associated with memory loss.
Signs of Poor Sleep
Here are signs that you have a poor sleep routine:
- Daytime Drowsiness
Insufficient nighttime sleep can cause daytime sleepiness, which can be caused by sleep disorders or environmental factors.
Although the condition may persist for months or years, it does not cause excessive daytime sleepiness.
- Increase in appetite
Hormone imbalances can cause you to feel hungry more frequently than usual and to be less satisfied after eating.
- Having trouble falling asleep
Often, digital devices are to blame for this. Blue light from smartphones and tablets inhibits the production of melatonin, a hormone essential to the sleep-wake cycle.
- Noxia, sleep apnea, certain medications, and caffeine are all known to cause frequent trips to the bathroom during the night or nocturia.
- Sleep disturbances
Alcohol is commonly associated with these side effects. The alcohol sugars that your body breaks down overnight can cause you to wake up, snore more, and experience sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea, in which the airway becomes blocked during sleep, maybe causing people to wake up choking or gasping.