Is poor sleep bringing you down?

By Erika Long

Sleep is essential to our physical and mental health. When we can’t fall asleep, or if we have restless sleep, we can wake up grumpy and achy. Sleep deprivation affects our ability to think clearly and make smart choices.

If insomnia persists it can lead to weight gain and heart problems.

You need to be wary of the implications, because bouts of poor sleep due to stress, work, travel or illness, can lead to poor brain functioning and this can take a toll on our health and happiness. Over a quarter of the world’s population is suffering with insomnia leaving us feeling everything from cranky and irritable to sluggish and foggy-headed.

Sleeping excessively can be a sign of depression but is not sleeping enough making us blue?

While we are sleeping

Stress can take a toll on our brains and when it comes to winding down it can feel nearly impossible to stop the spin so we can relax and sleep. When we sleep, our brains are working to eliminate waste while are bodies are recovering, thus interrupting this cycle can cause a host of issues.

People who have a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep have a ten-fold risk of developing depression  compared with those who sleep well.

Remedies for insomnia

Yoga focuses the mind and can provide some protection against the threat of insomnia. Consistency, however, is key. Picture: Madison Lavern/Unsplash

If sleeplessness persists, it can be hard to get out of this physical, mental and emotional rut and thus it’s crucial to find remedies that work. Some try spa music, yoga and meditation, while others try melatonin and CBD oil to relax and fall asleep. Regardless of which treatment you employ, it is essential to understand that consistency is the key.

If insomnia persists, seek the advice of a doctor who can help address the underlying condition that may be causing the sleep problem.

Recuperating from insomnia

It’s crucial that in the stress of the modern world, we find a way to relax. Picture: Anthony Tran/Unsplash

Insomnia rewires your brain in a negative way and it’s essential to make the time to “catch up” on the sleep we miss. The body needs to get back in rhythm, and once a healthy sleeping pattern is restored, our minds function better and our moods become more positive.

**Erika Long lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. She loves corgis, curry and comedy. Always searching for the next great snuggle, flavor or laugh, she inspires people to live their best life now. When not writing, Erika can be found at her local brewery dominating Harry Potter trivia night.

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