Are you struggling to get to sleep no matter how tired you are? Or do you wake up in the middle of the night unable to fall asleep again?
Most people have some experience with sleep difficulties. But insomniacs take note. Sleep is precious. It’s not only Zzz’s you’re missing out on; the impact of lack of sleep affect both physical and mental health.
Did you know that 1 in 14 South Africans over the age of 15 suffer from insomnia? Yup, that many!
So, what if a couple of nights turn into weeks, months and even years of not sleeping well? What is the cost of lost shut-eye? Research shows that those who only get between four and five hours of kip a night are more likely to suffer from a host of health conditions if left untreated.
The side effects from lack of sleep (aside from feeling knackered all the time) are often associated with heartburn, diabetes, cardio vascular disease and musculoskeletal disorders. It affects your mood, judgement, memory and focus.
Also, less than 7 hours of sleep every day will increase your cortisol, blood sugar, and insulin levels which in turn will increase your appetite and make your body store fat. In fact, a 2007 Canadian study found that people who sleep only 5 to 6 hours a night increase their likelihood of being overweight by 69%! Yikes!
Insomnia is a symptom of an underlying problem. It could be a case of drinking too much coffee during the day or it could be related to a more complex issue such as illness or medication, or simply be the result of feeling overwhelmed by life’s responsibilities.
The good news is that most cases of insomnia can be cured by making a few lifestyle changes.
If you have tried all of the above lifestyle changes and still suffer from insomnia, contact your health practitioner.
DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms or need health advice, please consult a healthcare professional.