Stress And Lack Of Sleep

Stress is a consequence of lack of sleep.

Stress and a lack of sleep go hand in hand. If you are under a lot of stress, the chances are high that you won't be able to calm down and sleep at night. Then, without having enough sleep the next morning, you're going to be tired and irritable. The end result? Even more stress!

It's a common fact that every human being needs a good night's sleep. Sleep gives our bodies the physical and the mental rest it needs. When we are rested, our minds and bodies can work at their best levels.

Unfortunately, insomnia, which is the recurring inability to sleep, affects more than seventy million Americans. You have, at least some time in your life, undoubtedly suffered a night or two of sleep loss too. Then, when the morning light comes, you're physically and mentally tired. You might well have body aches, an upset stomach, and red, puffy eyes. Mentally, you can't think clearly. You have trouble concentrating and your memory is kind of fuzzy.

Because you feel poorly, and your mind isn't functioning at its normal capacity, you will then find it hard to start, as well as get through, your daily routine. If you work a job, it's likely that you'll make mistakes that could not only affect your job security, but your health and safety too. If you're a student, your lack of sleep will affect your ability to learn and retain information. This can, of course, affect your grade levels.

Men and women who drive vehicles, which adds up to be an estimated two hundred million of the American population, are at a higher risk of having an accident when they are sleepy. According to the journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, "sleep deprivation plays a part in two out of three road accidents in the United States."

Not only that, but if you suffer from a lack of sleep and you drive a vehicle, your response time will be slower and your judgment won't be accurate. Therefore, you can easily be mistaken for a driver who is operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol!

Now, add up all of these factors: red, puffy eyes and a haggard appearance, making mistakes at work and possibly risking your job security, a lack of mental clarity and the risk of lowering your grade levels, the higher risk of getting pulled over by a police officer, or, worse yet, being in a vehicle accident. Your lack of sleep is going to cause you added stress!

Medical studies have determined that stress causes our bodies to produce more Cortisol. This "stress hormone" is normally only released into our bloodstreams in emergency situations. When we become scared or excited, Cortisol is flooded into our bodies to help us deal efficiently with the situation. Too much of this hormone in our bloodstreams can and does cause adverse health conditions. These conditions can include, but are not limited to, cardiac problems, strokes, obesity, a lower immunity system, and insomnia.

So, what's the best answer to avoid stress and get enough sleep - seven to eight hours every night- every night? If you are having problems sleeping, talk to your doctor or healthcare professional. Making changes in your lifestyle or taking a prescription drug might help you get the adequate amount of sleep that you need.

As for relieving additional stress in your life, you may want to seek professional counseling, or, maybe you just need to relax more and take life one day at a time!

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