5 reasons you could be sleep deprived
But what is sleep deprivation and what causes it?
What is sleep deprivation?
Sleep plays a vital role in keeping us healthy. So when we repeatedly suffer from loss of sleep, or get less than the recommended amount – at least 7 hours per night for the average adult according to the CDC, it can begin to take its toll on our body and brain. In fact, while loss of sleep over a few nights can bring on feelings of brain fog and irritability, the effects of sleep deprivation on the body over the longer term can be much more serious, with scientific studies finding that lack of sleep causes many different disorders and diseases including depression and heart disease if not addressed over a longer period of time.
That’s why we’re looking at some of the common causes of loss of sleep and what you can do to try to ease the problem.
Some common sleep deprivation causes
1. Night sweats
If you’ve ever woken from a deep sleep to find that your bedding is drenched, you’ll know that night sweats are different from simply waking up a little too warm.
Night sweats usually happen when your body’s internal thermometer isn’t working properly for some reason. This could be due to medication, hormones, illnesses such as diabetes or even some food or drinks. And they can affect adults and children alike.
But while it’s a pretty common condition, sufferers can be left severely deprived of sleep and feeling unrefreshed in the morning. The good news is there are steps you can take to try to minimize symptoms, including choosing a lightweight wool comforter. Wool can help your body to manage the excess heat it’s generating and also wick away moisture from your perspiration. All of which will reduce the chance you’ll wake up from a deep sleep feeling damp and shivery.
Do you ever find yourself sneezing and coughing at night? If so, it could be thanks to a nighttime allergy. An allergy to common comforter-filling materials such as down and feather can lead to breathing problems and loss of sleep. This can also be caused by an allergy to dust mites – common, microscopic creatures that love to breed in warm, damp environments, making bedrooms, and more importantly bedding, the perfect place for them to thrive.
But thanks to wool’s hypoallergenic properties and ability to wick away moisture to create a dry environment, if you choose a wool comforter you won’t need to worry about being left sleep deprived by allergies anymore.
3. Joint aches and pains
If you suffer with aches and pains during the day, it’s not unusual to find that this discomfort is exacerbated at night when you’re laying down in one position for a period of time. This can quickly lead to you becoming sleep deprived if you regularly find yourself tossing, turning and waking to change position.
In order to combat aches and pains at night it’s important to choose a mattress that supports your spine. And depending on which joints and muscles are affected you may find that choosing a fully adjustable pillow allows you to achieve a more comfortable position and get a better night’s sleep.
Sleep deprivation can be a symptom of stress, anxiety and mental health issues. Even situations that don’t feel overwhelming in the daytime can become all-consuming during the night leading to difficulties shutting your brain down ready for sleep.
If you find yourself regularly awake and staring at the ceiling as thoughts race through your head, try some of these relaxation techniques to help you drift off quickly and hopefully reduce the chance of you waking up sleep deprived.
5. Becoming a new parent
A study published in Sleep journal in April 2019 revealed that the quality and duration of sleep reported by new parents does not return to pre-pregnancy levels for at least six years after the birth of their first child. And it’s been reported that just 5% of parents with a child who is zero to six months in age get a full eight hours a night.
Faced with these kinds of stats, it’s easy to see how new parents can experience the results of sleep deprivation in both the short and longer term.
Did you know that placing your baby down to sleep in wool can help give them 25% more stage 4 regenerative sleep? Our wool baby bedding and sleeping bags can help to better regulate baby’s temperature and reduce the likelihood of allergies or asthma impacting sleep.
After all, if baby sleeps better there’s a chance you might too.
The effects of sleep deprivation on the body should not be ignored, so if you’re waking up feeling sleep deprived on a regular basis it’s time to do something about it. Start by concentrating on building the very best sleep environment you can to help you drift off comfortably and if you’re at all worried about what might be causing your problems make sure you see your physician to talk things through.