There is perhaps nothing more dangerous than getting a consistent lack of sleep. Lack of sleep can cause the symptoms of many other sleep disorders, among other internal and external problems. These can include episodes of sleep walking, sleep paralysis, and sleep related hallucinations. However, it’s important to note that sleep deprecation can also exacerbate conditions like insomnia, because being tired may make people feel more stressed and anxious, and therefore incapable of sleep. With that in mind, here are some negative effects of sleep deprivation and treatments you can seek to help get your sleeping back on track.
The Effects of Sleep Deprivation
According to a survey conducted by the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research, at least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders and another 20 to 30 million experience occasional sleep problems. These occasional sleep problems typically manifest themselves in forms of sleep deprivation and resulting insomnia. This cycle of sleep deprivation and insomnia can take a toll on your mood, and can lessen your energy, productivity, and stress handling ability. Ignoring chronic sleep deprivation can also lead to weight gain and cognitive impairment., and can take a serious toll on your general health and wellness.
If you are not suffering from chronic sleep deprivation, it is not normal to feel sleepy during the day, or to have trouble sleeping at night. If you are, the best way to keep at bay other more severe sleep disorders is to track your symptoms and sleep patterns, and then start implementing healthy changes into your habits and lifestyle.
Receiving Medical Treatment for Sleep Deprivation
If you are not finding self improvement methods to be working, it is time to go see a sleep specialists and be prescribed medication. Medications that may be helpful include Ambien and Lunesta, as these promote sleep and will make you tired so that you can avoid sleep deprivation. Unfortunately, these medications can also cause some side effects that include headaches, dizziness, unsteady walking, stomach pain, and constipation.
The best strategy you can use is to work together with your doctor to determine the underlying cause of your sleep deprivation. In many cases, that can be another undiagnosed sleep disorder, such as insomnia. Once you are able to conclude what sleep disorders you suffer from, your medical professional will be able to treat you appropriately.
Contact Dr. Shukla to set up an appointment to discuss treatment for any sleep disorders you may be facing.