If stress does not let you sleep, here is advice from Dr Matthew Bogard
Sleep has an important role for your well-being. If you don't sleep well, it may have adverse long-term consequences, notes Dr. Matt Bogard in his newest published article
If a person is under a lot of stress, it is normal for that to impact both the duration and quality of sleep. This can impact the mental and physical health of a person. A proper night's sleep of about 7 to 9 hours is recommended for every person, depending on age and other factors.
Today, about 40% of the adults in the US sleep less than 7 hours a night, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And because of this, these people begin to suffer from lack of sleep which eventually results in both mental and physical health issues.
If a person is not getting enough sleep at night, this can negatively affect a person's mood, lower your energy, and create difficulty in concentrating. Lack of sleep also causes a general inability to function normally as a human should. And that is not all; sleep deprivation can have very severe consequences in a few situations. For example, if a person is operating heavy machinery or driving and falls asleep due to extreme fatigue, it can be deadly.
Getting just one night of poor sleep doesn't cause a lot of harm, but if it persists over time it increases the risk of many chronic health conditions. Those who keep sleep less than 7 hours every night are in danger of suffering from the following conditions:
· kidney disease
· heart disease
While there are many factors that cause any of these conditions, lack of sleep can independently contribute to their development.
There are a lot of negative connotations of stress, but it's known to be a response developed by animals and humans which permits them to easily deal with dangerous or crucial situations. When a human is stressed, the central nervous system releases hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Due to these hormones, the heart rate is increased so that it can circulate blood much more efficiently to the muscles and the vital organs. In short, it helps the body to take a quick action when necessary.
This reaction that the CNS provides is called the fight-or-flight response. During the initial stages of evolution, this response was very important for human survival. Today, there are issues that do not need such a response, but the body still triggers the fight-or-flight response for issues that are not a threat to the person - such issues as relationship difficulties or problems at work.
Occasionally, having a stressful feeling is normal, but the constant feeling stress is dangerous to the human body. This is because it can cause the CNS to sustain a heightened state of arousal which can last for extended periods. And if a person stays in such a state for a longer time, it can influence the mental and physical health in the long term. One of the effects of the stress is sleep deprivation.
The complete article is available on the blog of Dr. Matthew Bogard at https://matthewbogardmd.blogspot.com/
About Matthew Bogard, MD
Dr. Matt Bogard practices Emergency Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. During his time at Nebraska College of Medicine, he was selected to join the Advanced Rural Training Program, a four-year residency program that trains physicians to provide comprehensive full-spectrum medical care. During his residency, Dr. Bogard served on the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians, was active with the Nebraska Medical Association, mentored multiple medical students and was honored by the Nebraska Legislature as "Family Physician of the Day." Matthew Bogard primarily practices Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Matthew Bogard