Sleepless in ‘Stressville’
There are many different causes of sleep deprivation and stress is most definitely one of them. Whatever the cause, not getting enough sleep and / or not sleeping well is most definitely not good for you.
You have probably already noticed that a lack of sleep can and does affect your performance but do you know how badly it it does so and that it can also affect your health and safety.
Here we are concerned only with Sleepless nights brought on by stress. If you know or think your stress is keeping you awake at night, here’s a simple technique that might help you get some necessary shut-eye.
How bad can missing out on sleep be? Very bad is the simple answer to that as you will see.
When we look at some of the consequence of not getting a good night sleep, it not surprising that sleep deprivation has been used as a form of torture.
The most obvious affect is that when you are feeling anywhere from just tired to excessively groggy it will affect your performance. Studies have shown that as little as 90 minutes less sleep than you need can reduce your alertness by as much as 32%. It also affects you emotionally.
That reduced alertness and sleepiness during the day affects your memory and your ability to think properly and make decisions. It also affects your ability to coordinate movement, meaning you are likely to fumble physical activities. Try threading a needle when you are lacking sleep and dog tired as a result.
The risk of injury increases along with your reduced alertness. Depending upon your line of work that might not be limited to injury to oneself. It could also affect others.
Driving when drowsy is responsible for at least 100,000 accidents, 71,000 injuries, and 1,550 fatalities. (The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates).
Emotionally there are two quite common negative effects of a lack of sleep. The most obvious is that one feels edgy and will likely respond to other people badly. The other, surprisingly, is that our facial expressions do not change as normal but tend to remain deadpan or emotionless. This does not help interpersonal relationships whether at work or home.
Whilst there are many different and recognized causes of sleep deprivation and each may have a different solution. Here, however, we are only concerned with stress as the cause.
Being stressed and sleep deprived is not a happy combination as each tends to exacerbate the other.
Popping pills is not the best solution. Whilst they may give temporary relief they do nothing about the underlying cause.
It is far better to learn to control your stress and learn techniques that will help you reduce your stress sufficiently to get a good nights sleep naturally. You can do that here for free.