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How Insomnia, Sleeplessness Affects Your Body and Behavior

Insomnia

Forcing your eyes open to the sound of the alarm when you feel anything but rested can feel like a torture but what if the nights are sleepless? Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder. It is a general clinical term that refers to the difficulty in initiating or maintaining sleep. It may be present as an independent problem (primary insomnia) or as a part of a coexisting medical or psychiatric condition (secondary insomnia).

Sleeplessness means bags under your eyes, constant yawning and feeling irritated all day, but did you know that a sleeplessness or Insomnia can have a harmful affect on your health too?

Have a look at how insomnia affects our body and behavior

  • Sight

Our eyes are one of the first parts that seem to suffer from lack of sleep. If you haven't rested your eyes properly, then your vision may become blurred and they will turn red, as they become bloodshot. This is a result of the blood vessels near the surface of the eye getting wider due to sleeplessness.

  • Skin

You can usually tell when someone is having trouble sleeping just by looking at their skin. Lack of sleep will leave you with spotty, dry skin, which is most visible on the face where your skin is thinnest and most sensitive.

  • Obesity

There has been research that suggests that lack of sleep can influence obesity. Yes it is true! There are two hormones in your body that work opposite each other to control how hungry you feel. If the level of one hormone - called Leptin - is low and the other - called Ghrelin - is high, then signals are sent to your brain to say you are hungry. If the levels are reversed, then your brain thinks you are full. 

Lack of sleep over a few nights has shown that the levels of these two hormones change enough to make you crave high-calorie foods the result of which would be obesity.

  • Heart

According to recent research, sleeplessness doubles the risk to your heart. In fact, a study found that people who cut their sleep patterns from 7 to 5 hours a night are twice as likely to die from heart disease. Lack of sleep effectively makes the body panic and ups the number of stress hormones being released into the body. This increases blood pressure and is one of the biggest risk factors for heart attacks and strokes.

  • Brain

There is a strong connection between lack of sleep, depression and our mental health. In the short-term, most of us will have experienced a slowing down of thought when we're tired. In fact, just one night of poor sleep affects your learning ability and memory.

Mental illness has also been linked to long-term lack of sleep. Sleep basically restores our emotional brain circuits and the longer these aren't recharged, the worse the long-term effect. Lack of sleep can't cause depression, but it can make any symptoms you have a lot worse.

Studies say that more women suffer from Insomnia than men. If you can't sleep, over time, the lack of control and unpredictability you experience can become a source of tension and worry. Not only do people with Insomnia feel the effects of insufficient sleep on their mental and physical health, they also tend to feel anxiety or even dread as the evening progresses and the prospect of lying awake again looms. If this cycle sounds familiar, don't resign yourself to night after night of sub-par sleep and do not blame yourself. Know that Insomnia is a sleep problem experienced by many adults and could be caused by something happening in your body that is beyond your control. Since women suffer from insomnia more often than men, there are many different packages available for women like Hormonal Profile for women at 3hcare. So women out there what are you waiting for? Avail these packages at 3hcare today and get a good night’s sleep because as the saying goes prevention is better than cure!

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