AFC Urgent Care Saugus wants to wish everyone a good nights sleep! Studies show that Americans between the ages of 13-35 are getting about 65% the recommended amount of sleep they should be attaining! Not getting sleep is a serious issue that most of us take very lightly. If you think you are suffering from sleep deprivation or are not getting enough sleep read more below to learn more!

What is sleep deprivation

Sleep deprivation is the bodies response when it does not get the required amount of sleep it needs. The human body is not meant to be awake for 24 hours. We need time to rest our bodies so we can heal, grow, relief stress ext. Sleep is essential to our lives, some of the most processes in our bodies happen while we are asleep. In today’s society, we are being overworked & our days are feeling shorter & shorts causing more people to stay up later.

Symptoms of sleep deprivation

Sleep deprivation starts very mild & then gets more intense the longer you withhold your body from being asleep. Starting symptoms can be:

  • Yawning
  • heavy eyes
  • Nodding head
  • irritability to sounds & light

We have all experienced these symptoms before, unfortunately, our body does not care if we are out shopping or at a part when the body needs sleep it will tell you. Some more serious symptoms can include, seeing visions or things that don’t make sense. This is your brain switching into rem or “dream mode” while you are still awake, causing mass confusion. You may also start to feel depressed, clumsiness & have a reduced sex drive.

How to beat sleep prevention

If you have a busy schedule beating sleep prevention will not be the easiest thing for you. However, there are many ways to getting more sleep in your day. The easiest way to get more sleep is to go to bed earlier! Unfortunately, nobody wants to hear that they have to go to sleep early. If this is not an option for you, taking more naps could be very beneficial. A couple of 15-20 min naps will keep your body satisfied throughout the day as long as you are getting to bed at a decent hour as well. naps are not a substitute for sleep!  We hope these tips will help you sleep better at night!