Problems Associated with Lack of Sleep

Did you know that even minor fluctuations in sleep can trigger a variety of problems the following day? From anxiety to memory impairment, there are many good reasons to ensure that you are giving your body and mind the recommended amount of sleep for your age every night. Unfortunately, the busy schedules and reliance on technology modern society have led to more consequences for the general public although medical conditions may also play a role in the length and quality of sleep that we are able to achieve. In this article, we will explore some of the problems associated with lack of sleep and what to expect if you aren’t getting the right amount each night. 

Increased Anxiety 

According to research published in Nature Human Behaviour, one potential side effect of a lack of sleep can include increased anxiety or the development of anxiety symptoms. This typically occurs because the region of the brain that controls high-level cognitive functions begins to be impaired. With most scientific studies, we can now safely conclude that people who aren’t achieving great sleep, particularly those with insomnia or a related disorder, are twice as likely to develop an anxiety disorder than those that sleep the recommended amount of time each night for their age. 

Depression Symptoms 

Research from the National Sleep Foundation found that depression is very common among patients that suffer from insomnia. Evidence also shows that people who suffer from insomnia could be ten times more likely to develop depression or symptoms of depression when compared with individuals who are sleeping healthy levels. Because the two often exist at the same time, the reverse may also be true and depression symptoms may alternatively lead to sleep onset insomnia, disrupted sleep cycles, or problems with sleep maintenance. 

Memory Loss 

Many researchers believe that adequate levels and quality of sleep are required to help with memory consolidation. For this reason, lack of sleep may make it harder to learn or experience new things while also making it more difficult to recall a memory in the future while you are awake. In order to store and absorb new information, adequate sleep is essential, and not achieving these levels can ultimately lead to extensive short-term and long-term memory loss. 

Concentration Issues 

Individuals that are sleep deprived often have issues with not only concentration but also a miscalculation in their judgment. One symptom that often accompanies concentration issues includes a longer period required to process and respond to questions or verbal commands that are given to you. However, this is no new development and concentration issues have long since been accompanied by a lack of sleep.  

How Can Oklahoma Neurofeedback Specialists Help? 

Oklahoma Neurofeedback Specialists is here to help you better manage your insomnia or other related sleep issues. Poor sleep quality can affect nearly every aspect of your life. Don’t let it affect you or a loved one any longer than it has to. We invite you to read more about the Neurofeedback process or book your free treatment consultation to get started. You can also take advantage of our new online sleep course!

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