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Are You Sleep Deprived? Are You Sleep Deprived?
Millions of people out in today’s world suffer from sleep deprivation and believe it or not there are many complications that can play a... Are You Sleep Deprived?

picture of Worried young woman laying in bed sleepless at night

Millions of people out in today’s world suffer from sleep deprivation and believe it or not there are many complications that can play a roll in a persons psychological and physiological well being.  Today’s work schedule, diet and lifestyle can play a role in how well you sleep and how well you do not sleep with most of us taking sleep for granted during the week and conceiving that it can be made up during the weekend in your favorite hammock.  You must look at sleep as if it were fuel for your body and if you deprive yourself of sleep you will surely begin to lose your composure, that once happy go lucky person is now a crabby and grouchy person, patience is a thing of the past and your outlook on life is voided as you are only able to focus on the task right in front of you and you will also lose alertness and concentration.

Of course the triggers for loss of sleep include Diet as a diet rich in veggies, fruit, whole grains and lean proteins.  Staying away from artificially sweetened drinks high in High Fructose Corn Syrup (& mercury) will do wonders for your sleep, especially if you dont drink them after a certain time before sleep as the caffeine will stay in your body and be another cause of your sleeploss .   Stress will surely cause you loss of sleep as the two are intercombined because if you are suffering from loss of  sleep becuase this lack of sleep alone will cause more stress on you.  Exercise has always been a good release for stress and is highly recomended for those with heavy workloads, and going to bed angry at your spouse is not recomended as well as this stress that is sleeping next to you will cause you more stress.  your consumption of alcohol will also have an effect on how well you sleep as booze has been proven to cause loss of sleep as this may have worked for you in the past the heart takes a pounding everytime you have a drink and this causes stress and this stress will cause you to stay awake. Television is probably in the top 3 as far as causing sleep deprivation.  Having a television in your bedroom will almost automatically cause you to be sleep deprived.  Get some books and set them next to your bed and try reading before going to sleep.  Irritability will also cause you to be sleep deprived as this by itself is a symptom of sleep deprivation.  Coca-Cola or any soft drink, especially diet will cause you to be sleep deprived as they are spefificaly designed to keep you awake and at them. If you just cannot stay away from them do not drink at least 3 hours before you go to sleep.

To get back on track make a decision to get on a regular sleeping cycle and do not deviate from it.   Make sure you eat well, drink lots of water, get plenty of exercise, avoid stress or better yet learn to manage stress by doing Yoga for example this exercise will burn off any extra energy that you may have hanging around.

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