Are You Sleep Deprived?

There are many different external factors that can affect the way that you sleep. Although Sleeping is a natural occurrence, there are some things that you need to control to make sure that you are sleeping in the best environment possible and getting the optimal sleeping experience.

Sleep is a very important part of you day; with it playing a vital role in your physical and mental health, it is essential that you get enough sleep. Sleep helps your brain to function properly and while you are asleep your brain is forming new methods to help you learn and remember information. If you are sleep deficient it means that you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotions and can affect the way you work and react to certain situations. Sleep can also help in the repairing of your body, such as your heart and blood vessels. Sleep deficiency is often linked to the increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and strokes.

Research has found that these factors may be the cause of your lack of sleep:

Blue Light

Due to recent research, it has been discovered that the colour cyan may be the reason that people are being kept awake at night. This impact was felt even if the colour changes were not visible to the eye. Blue light has already been discovered to delay sleep and researchers want to produce devices for computer screens and phone that can increase or decrease the cyan levels.

Due to this new-found information, there have been “night mode” settings for phones and laptops which reduce the blue light in the screen to help you get to sleep. Night mode can also help to reduce eyestrain when there is less light in the surrounding environment and so it can help you sleep.

When it comes to preparing to sleep it would be beneficial for you to try removing or reducing the blue light in the environment by using night mode or even purchasing smart bulbs where you can change the colour of the bulb to a warmer light.

Shift Work

Many people have an internal clock that wakes them up when there is certain light exposure in the room. When people work the night shift for example, it is typically light when you sleep and dark when you are awake. There are two different things that can happen in this instance:

  • Insomnia – due to the nature of the light, it can be difficult to sleep outside of the internal phase and so lack of sleep occurs
  • Excessive Sleep – this can happen when you sleep past the time that you are meant to be awake because your internal clock is saying that you should be asleep.

 

If you are experiencing lack of sleep due to night shift work, then you may have to reconsider your options when it comes to this job. If this is not something that you can do, then you should try to purchase light blocking products to help you to sleep during the daytime.

Mental Health or Medical Conditions

There are a range of different medical and psychological conditions that can massively impact your sleep. This can include pain and discomfort from conditions such as arthritis or pre-menstrual syndrome and much more. Pain and discomfort usually limits the depth of sleep and can awaken you when the pain is at its peak.

When it comes to mental health, it has been found that many people find it difficult to sleep and when they do, they only reach REM sleep and don’t fall into a deep sleep. This is due to the fact that our bodies are designed to respond to stressful and dangerous situations by waking up. For those with higher stress levels, it can make this more of a regular occurrence.

Medications or Other Substances

Lots of different ingredients in products can make it difficult for people to sleep, such as caffeine and antihistamines. You should always read the side effects of any medications that you take and consider the time of when you intake anything that contains alcohol or caffeine.

If neither of these apply to you then you may need to seek some professional help to help advise you on the problem and come to a solution to help you. Get in touch with your local GP and book an appointment today.