Do you often lay in bed at night unable to sleep?
Are you waking up multiple times during the night?
Do you regularly wake up and feel exhausted in the morning?
You could suffer from poor sleep quality.
Here are six ways poor sleep quality can negatively impact your life and your health:
1. Lack of Memory
Sleep deprivation can lead to a lack of concentration, memory, mathematical ability and logical reasoning.1 These deficits can negatively impact your ability to function throughout the day.
This is because your brain needs time to consolidate your memories and it does this during sleep. If you don’t get enough you will be unable to process and remember what you learned that day.
2. Mood Problems
Since even a single night of poor sleep can make you irritable and moody the next day, it is unsurprising that over time poor sleep may lead to long term mood disorders.
For example, chronic insomnia is a risk factor for developing depression and anxiety.2
3. Weight Gain
Sleep is an important factor for bodily function and metabolism.
Sleep loss and poor sleep have been associated with high blood sugar levels, increased cortisol, lowered leptin, increased ghrelin and an increase in hunger and appetite. High blood sugar and cortisol levels promote the storage of fat while ghrelin and leptin influence hunger and energy intake respectively.3
Furthermore, studies have shown that short sleep duration and poor sleep quality are risk factors for the development of obesity.4 Getting enough sleep at night has also been associated with having a lower BMI compared to people who don’t sleep enough.5
4. Accident Risk
Since a lack of quality sleep can impact your attention span and make you drowsy, sleep deprivation can increase your risk of getting into an accident. In the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that approximately 100,000 of all police reported crashes are a result of driver fatigue from low sleep quality. Additionally, driving while fatigued or sleep deprived causes around 8,000 deaths a year in car crashes in the United States.1
Poor sleep quality and sleep loss can also negatively impact job safety as well and lead to more work accidents especially when your job involves operating machinery or vehicles.
5. Cardiovascular Disease
Long term sleep disruption has been associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome.6
6. Reduced Libido
Poor sleep can also negatively impact sexual function. In a 2009 survey of 703 people in the United States, researchers found a significant connection between insomnia severity and sexual function.7
How can you naturally improve sleep?
Read our article on 7 ways to improve sleep to get some tips to try today.
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