Are You Tired of Being Tired?

It’s National Sleep Awareness Week!

 

Are you aware of how much sleep you are getting? Whether you’re physically tired, emotionally tired or just lacking in motivation here are some helpful tips that can make you happier and healthier.

Many people don’t get the amount or quality of rest that they should and this affects people of all ages from children to adults, but especially children and young adults. Most people wouldn’t think of themselves as sleep deprived but actually sleep deprivation occurs when a person gets less sleep than they need to feel awake and alert. The results of a lack of sleep do not have to become servere before it becomes sleep deprivation.

Side Effects of Sleep Deprivation
  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (Constant Yawning)
  • Emotional Difficulties (Mood Swings)
  • Poor Performance On the Job
  • Obesity
  • Feeling weak when waking in the morning

These common issues can be fixed or at least kept at bay by getting the proper rest. There are also personal steps on can take to prevent sleep deprivation.

  1. Set a reasonable bedtime in order to get sufficient rest
  2. Seek professional assistance with sleeping disorders, such as snoring.
  3. Don’t smoke, drink alcohol or caffinated beverages close to bedtime.
  4. Remove distractions like the television or computer.
    • Did you know – Staying up late watching the television or mobile devices deprives a person of the time they have to sleep. To compound that, blue light from the TV or mobile device supresses the sleep inducing hormone called melatonin. This makes falling asleep more difficult.
Get proper rest by making sure you’re awake to all of what you need to go to sleep.