Sleep is about more than fighting off your afternoon slump. It is an integral
part of your overall well-being that protects you from everything from
heart disease to depression. Many trips to the ER have lack of sleep at their core,
whether it is the heart attack patient whose lack of sleep put excessive
stress on their heart or the car accident victim who fell asleep behind
the wheel. Are you putting your health on the line by not getting enough
rest? Here are some signs that could mean that you need to find more time
in your schedule for sleep.
You have consistent daytime drowsiness.
Everyone has a day in which they feel more tired than normal, but if you
consistently feel fatigued during the daytime, you could be suffering from
sleep deprivation. Do you find that you yawn frequently or have increased your coffee intake?
Do you reach for energy drinks just to make it through work? These could
all be signs of daytime drowsiness that indicates sleep loss. This kind
of fatigue can be particularly dangerous because it can dull your reaction
times when you’re driving or operating machinery.
You are gaining weight.
When you don’t get enough sleep, weight gain usually follows. The
hormones that regulate your appetite become imbalanced, leaving you with
a surplus supply of the hormone that makes you feel hungry and a deficit
of the hormone that alerts you to being full. In addition to having an
increased appetite, you may have cravings for high-calorie comfort foods.
This kind of weight gain can increase your risk of heart disease and type
You are forgetful.
Lack of sleep can interfere with your ability to remember important information.
Sleep is a very important part of memory, as your brain sorts through
information as you rest. Without sleep, your brain doesn’t have
time to refresh itself.
Westside Regional Medical Center provides stroke care, cardiac care, and
orthopedic care in our emergency room in Plantation, FL, and throughout
our hospital. Call (954) 370-5585 for more information about our services
or to request a referral to a physician who can help you with your sleep issues.