Dangers of Sleep Deprivation: Infections, Mood Disorders, Car Accidents
About 1/3 of Americans are not getting enough sleep. Work, television, computers, apps, laundry, the list goes on and on of what keeps us up at night. The average person is getting four to six hours of sleep a night, which is two hours less than the recommended amount. Lack of sleep can cause mood disorders, memory loss, weight gain and heart problems. Also, those who don’t get enough sleep are more susceptible to everyday infections, colds and the flu. No matter what age you are, sleep matters.
Another problem that lack of sleep causes is car accidents. It’s estimated that about 100,000 crashes a year are due to drowsy drivers. Considering all of these problems, it’s no secret that lack of sleep can shorten your life.
Today: Dr Nancy Snyderman Tips for A Good Night’s Sleep
Dr Nancy Snyderman said a sign of sleep deprivation is how fast you fall asleep after your head hits the pillow. If you zonk out immediately then you are probably sleep deprived. It should take you about 10 to 20 minutes to drift off after you get into bed. Snyderman said that lack of sleep is linked to everything. Stressor chemicals are released in your body when you are sleep deprived and can cause obesity, diabetes, cancer, and misdiagnosis of ADD. She said it only takes one night of bad sleep to start you down a bad road.
If you are having problems sleeping, you should look at your afternoon routines. Late afternoon naps and caffeine can keep you up at night. Switching to decaf in the afternoons and taking an earlier nap if you need it are quick fixes. Dr Nancy Snyderman also suggests keeping the bed for sleeping and intimacy. If you are watching television or working on your computer in bed, you can see and feel a change in your sleep patterns. Light in your bedroom can also keep you up at night.