How Sleep Deprivation Affects Us

These days, many people are focused on their health and wellness. But you may be unknowingly sabotaging your efforts, even if you eat a balanced, nutritious diet and exercise regularly. This is because, for most humans, failing to get at least seven hours of sleep nightly is vital to our overall health. In fact, most experts agree that sleep should be made as much of a priority as any other wellness routine – and that sleep deprivation can cause serious ongoing health issues.

Everyone feels great after a quality night’s sleep – but how much is really needed? The National Sleep Foundation recommends adults of all ages get a minimum of seven hours of sleep, with optimal amount of rest between eight or nine hours.

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Adverse Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Cheating your body of its needed rest has a negative impact on your health in many ways – some expected, but some surprising. Here are some areas that may be affected and why:

  • Safety: Loss of alertness, excessive sleepiness and fatigue, increased risk of car accident
  • Work Performance: Impaired cognitive function, less ability to remember and process information
  • Relationships: Increased moodiness and irritability
  • Quality of Life: Less desire to participate in normal daily activities/exercise
  • Long-term Health: Sleep deprivation has been associated with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure or stroke, obesity, depression, and reduced immune system function
  • Appearance: Premature wrinkling, dark circles under your eyes, and loss of collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth.

Strategies for Sleeping Better

Experts agree that we all need to plan for and schedule adequate time for sleep. Many Americans stay up late to get more done, but sleep deprivation is bound to be the result if that practice continues. Aside from scheduling sleep the same way we would plan to be at an appointment, it is also recommended that we:

  • Wake up at the same time every day: This may be especially difficult on days off, but waking at the same time every day is beneficial in helping to achieve better sleep. An established wake time helps to establish a desire for sleep, known as sleep drive – which gradually builds during the day. Sleeping in stunts our sleep drive growth, making it more challenging to fall asleep the next evening. Even though you may want to “catch up”, sleeping in on the weekend actually makes Monday morning far more difficult.
  • Establish a bedtime routine: Parents understand the importance of a bedtime ritual for their kids, but don’t seem to correlate that to their own lives. Try to establish a relaxing routine, such as taking a warm bath or reading a book before bedtime. Your body will learn to associate these activities with sleep, facilitating the onset of slumber. It is also important to stow electronic devices away prior to your routine – experts agree that all screens should be shut down at least an hour prior to your desired bedtime.
  • Don’t look at the clock: If you wake up during the night, resist the temptation to check the time. We automatically begin to calculate how long we’ve been asleep, and how much longer we have until the alarm goes off. It sets the mind in motion and can cause stress when we should be relaxing. If it is not yet time to get up, simply relax and go back to sleep.

Can Monarch Murphy Beds Prevent Sleep Deprivation?

Maybe we can’t guarantee that our beds will ensure a full 8 hours of sleep for your houseguests. But we can assure you that a Monarch Murphy Bed will offer your guests a full-size, comfortable bed that provides a superior sleeping experience over a couch, futon, or air mattress.

If you are interested in providing your friends and family with a comfortable night’s sleep, call our showroom today. We would love to show you just how amazing a Murphy bed can be.