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Reasons You Might Be Sleeping Less

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Sleep deprivation is estimated to affect about one-third of American adults.  This rate is continuing to grow in recent years. Sleep loss should be avoided at all costs. The short-term and long-term effects of sleep deprivation have been proven to be very detrimental to human health. A lack of sleep can affect all aspects of your life. So, why are you sleeping less than you should? Let’s talk about that today.

What Causes Sleep Loss

A variety of factors can contribute to loss of sleep. This includes lifestyle choices, work obligations, sleep disorders, and other medical conditions. 

Poor sleep hygiene and the intake of stimulants too close to bedtime also contribute.

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Lifestyle choices that can affect healthy sleep include binge-watching TV, browsing the internet into the late hours of the night, and an overall inconsistent sleep schedule.

Inconsistent sleep schedules will often facilitate other poor lifestyle choices that keep you awake at night. It can be a vicious cycle for some.  The human body, down to the individual cellular level, has features that are set to a schedule.  Disrupting the normal circadian schedule of your cells is very harmful.  

Shift workers often experience terrible sleep. Working extended hours and switching from day to night shifts are hard on the body. Especially when trying to get proper sleep during the day after a night shift.  Shift work disrupts the all-important circadian rhythm and has been shown to dramatically shorten life, increase pain, and increase rates of most chronic diseases.  

Some disorders and conditions that cause sleep loss include sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, depression, anxiety, and many chronic pain conditions.

Symptoms of Sleep Deprivation

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Sleep deprivation can be debilitating for those who experience long-term sleep loss. The primary symptoms to look out for are daytime sleepiness, impaired thinking, reduced concentration, and mood swings.

Prolonged chronic sleep deprivation can lead to more serious conditions across almost all the systems of the body. These serious conditions are but are not limited to the following:

Cardiovascular disease – Sleep deprivation has been associated with high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

Diabetes – Poor sleep negatively impacts the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar.

Obesity – Research has found that those that do not get enough sleep tend to eat more calories and carbohydrates and exercise less.

Immunodeficiency – Sleep deprivation has been observed to weaken immune response.

Mental health disorders – Sleep and mental health have been observed to be very closely associated with one another. Symptoms of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder worsen with sleep loss.

 

Well Theory’s Restful Sleep Gummies

Dr. Meredith Warner has developed a delicious sleep aid that contains tart cherry extract, GABA, chamomile, and melatonin to help you get your inflammation under control while improving your sleep patterns! 

Check with your physician prior to use of course.  Remember, good sleep hygiene is very important too!

Dr. Meredith Warner Baton Rouge Orthopedic Surgeon
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation
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