Part 3: The Effects of Sleeplessness & Poor Sleep

by on May 18th, 2010 at 8:50 am

The A to Zzzzz’s of Sleep Problems and Natural Solutions

In this 5 part series I will take you through the sleep process, show you how it affects you, and how you can improve your sleep.

Part 1: Understanding Sleep

Part 2: Reasons for Not Sleeping Well

Part 3: The Effects of Sleeplessness & Poor Sleep

Part 4: Natural Remedies to Help You Sleep

Part 5: Quick Tips for Getting Better Sleep

Part 3: The Effects of Sleeplessness & Poor Sleep

A single sleepless night is tolerable to most, but when insomnia sets in it leaves you feeling tired, unable to concentrate, unable to make decisions, emotional and irritable. A lack of sleep can also be a contributing factor in some serious health concerns:

1. Obesity: Studies show that people who sleep for less than seven hours daily tend to be heavier than those who sleep for more. Insufficient sleep has an influence on the hormones which control hunger, lower leptin (an appetite suppressant) and increasing ghrelin (an appetite stimulant).

2. Diabetes: Studies show that people who sleep less than six hours daily are twice as likely to have diabetes.

3. Heart Attack: In 2003, a study discovered that people who sleep less than six hours a day were more likely to have a heart attack than those who sleep more. Blood pressure also tends to be higher in those sleeping less.

4. Disorientation: Lack of sleep increases disorientation and causes your body to not function normally, throwing you off balance and making you drowsy. This alone can make you more likely to fall or get into an accident while driving.

5. Depression: Sleep helps us relax, not just our bodies but our minds and our emotions, giving us time to evaluate and organizes thoughts and feelings. A lack of sleep will make you more sensitive, and more prone to worry, stress and depression.

6. Shorter Life Span: Many studies show that people who sleep less than five hours nightly have a greater risk of dying early.

Sleep Tonicis a homeopathic remedy reduces sleeplessness associated with insomnia, and increases drowsiness for better sleep.

This article is a Part 3 in our 5 article series on sleep. For more information on sleep and your health see the following posts:

Part 1: Understanding Sleep

Part 2: Reasons for Not Sleeping Well

Part 3: The Effects of Sleeplessness & Poor Sleep

Part 4: Natural Remedies to Help You Sleep

Part 5: Quick Tips for Getting Better Sleep

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