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The Risks of Skipping Sleep: Tips for Better Shut-Eye

By Genevieve Cunningham

Skipping sleep is seen in many different lights. For some people, it’s the worst case scenario. They’d rather go to bed early and wake up at the crack of dawn than miss sleep. For others, it’s like a badge of honor. The more sleep you miss, the cooler you are. No matter which side of the coin you’re on, the truth is that skipping too much sleep is downright dangerous. If you’re not getting enough sleep in your regular life, take a look at these risk factors for missing sleep, followed by some tips for getting more shut-eye.

The Risks

The risks that are associated with a lack of sleep are more severe than many people realize. A few of the risks may include:

  • A decline in focus - Without sleep, it’s incredibly difficult to focus. This can hinder work performance, athletic ability, and even basic body functions.

  • Heightened risk of disease - Your body needs massive and consistent rest to function at optimal level. The risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and many other health issues is raised significantly when sleep is disrupted on a continual basis.

  • Depression - While too much sleep can be a risk factor for depression, not getting enough can also lead to mental health issues. To avoid this trap, it’s necessary to get the proper amount on a regular basis.

Tips for Improving Sleep

Sometimes it’s necessary to see a professional in order to improve your sleep. But many other times, you may be able to make significant changes on your own. A few of the ways in which you can improve sleeping habits include:

  • Get a schedule - The body likes a schedule. Go to sleep at the same time, wake up at the same time, and your body will get used to the schedule for better sleep in the long run.

  • Get used to the dark - Darkness makes it so much easier to sleep. If you’re not used to it, it might take an adjustment period. But darkness tells the brain that it’s time to rest, making it easier to fall and stay asleep.

  • Get a wind down routine - Stress is one of the worst things for sleeping habits. It can keep you wound up and awake long into the night. Make yourself a wind down routine. It might include a hot bath, a good book, or a simple TV show before bed. Do what it takes to lower your stress levels before bed, and you may sleep much better without the added worry.

Sleep is something that should be taken seriously. If you’re not taking it seriously enough in your life, it’s time to start. Use these tips to gain control over your sleeping habits, and watch your health improve with the quality of sleep that you get.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Nashua, N.H.

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