Everyone has had at least one really bad sleep in their life. Whether it’s the result of stress buildup, feeling under the weather, or even having a little more fun than you intended the previous night — bad sleep can happen to anyone at any time.
Most people brush these instances off as not that big of a deal, but the facts say otherwise. If you think being a little cranky or groggy on your way to the coffee machine is the worst of your problems, think again. Putting your body through consistent sleep deprivation can have palpable effects on your health in many different facets.
Simply put, if you value your health then you also need to value your sleep. This is also why it’s important to understand the health-related ramifications of sleep deprivation. The quicker you identify the problems, the faster you can work towards solutions.
The Mental Effects of Bad Sleep
When someone has a bad sleep, we all know how easily irritable they can be. Chronic sleep deprivation, however, can cause even bigger problems over time. Not only can there be significant mood shifts associated with bad sleep, but there's also the risk of increased anxiety which can even lead to depression.
Another byproduct of sleep deprivation is memory loss. You know how you sometimes have a bad sleep then come into work and feel like you can’t remember anything? That’s no coincidence. Short and long-term memory can be affected by a consistent lack of sleep, and it can slow down clear thinking and concentration as well.
The Physical Effects of Bad Sleep
If you sleep in a bad position at night, you’ll get occasional aches and pains around your back and neck. Those are generally pretty common. That said, consistent sleep deprivation can lead to much more serious issues that need to be addressed.
Research suggests that sleeping 5 hours or less, over time, can cause high blood pressure. This is why 7-9 hours is recommended for anyone between 18 and 64. This can also translate into an increased risk for heart disease.
In addition to high blood pressure, consistent sleep deprivation can also be linked to an increased risk of diabetes and overall weight gain. Sleep is very important for insulin, a blood sugar-lowering hormone, and many people who don’t get enough sleep can also have higher blood sugar levels as a result.
How Do You Fix a Bad Sleep?
It all depends on circumstances. If you're someone who believes you're suffering from a more serious sleep disorder, medical attention may be necessary. That said, for many people, bad nights of sleep start and end in their bed.
If you find yourself tossing and turning all night, it quite simply might be time for a new mattress. Browsing in some furniture stores and furniture liquidators is always a good place to start. Talk to someone about your pain points during sleep, and they'll help find the best mattress for you.
Luckily, we’re also here to help. Stop by one of our three great Vancouver Island showrooms to get some ideas in person or check out our sleep centre online. We carry a number of great mattresses that will give you the best sleep ever from brands like Serta and Ashley Furniture. We won’t be undersold!