Sleep disruption bad for wellbeing particularly if you have not been sleeping great. So, the next question is when was the last time you had a good night’s sleep? And I really mean a good undisturbed all-night shut-eye without sleep aid? Can’t remember? Most of us blame the pressure of work, lack of money, pain from a twisted knee, jet lag, emotional problems, marital problems for bad nights.
Unfortunately, the answer to the question is sleep disruption bad for wellbeing is affirmative. The main reason is that normal sleep regularity impacts our concentration, our relationship, our memory, energy level, health, and wellbeing, particularly our mood. This explains why severe sleep disruption seems to be the major predictor of depression.
What Is Insomnia Or A Sleep disorder?
Insomnia is when you take 30 minutes or more to fall asleep or if you wake up for 30 minutes or more during the night – at least three times a week.
People who have trouble going to sleep or waking up are not technically insomniacs, but could be suffering from ‘sleep-phase disorder.’ This means people have unknowingly trained themselves to knock off at the wrong time. It’s a common condition among adolescents and college students who don’t get to sleep before 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. and then miss lectures. You’re likely to have a phase-shift problem if you’re unable to sleep four or five times a week. But then able to sleep at weekends. Sleep patterns also shift during life.
Does Marriage Or Childbirth Disrupt Your Sleep?
In this scenario, marriage means obliging the sleep habits of a different person which is a natural hazard if a late sleeper marries an early riser. Trying to accommodate each other’s sleep patterns can be stressful and a good sleep killer.
Childbirth also brings children. Mothers normally learn to be watchful during sleep and never really get in too deep; usually, a situation where she sleeps with one eye open. They also adapt to noise, so much so that the habit of easy waking remains with them persistently. Some experts believe child-rearing is a major cause of insomnia due to women’s experience of persistent sleep disruption.
Are You Anxious About Not Sleeping?
After one sleepless night, most people become frustrated and anxious about the need to ‘must’ fall asleep and remain asleep. So to make this work you snooze in the middle of the day or go to bed early. Or you wake up late the following morning. Or decide to have one or two nightcaps before going to bed. That only worsens the case.
Why? You go to bed and, not having met the accumulated sleep loss, stare at the ceiling half the night. There are now a thousand things to ponder, including how you ‘must’ fall asleep so you can be at your productive best the next day.
So What’s The Solution To Insomnia?
The strategies people usually use to feel better after a bad night – such as snoozing, early to bed, late to rise – tend to weaken the body’s natural disposition to correct itself after a short spell of insomnia. Consequently, the most powerful attack on insomnia is to do nothing at all. Simply allow the sleep rhythm to correct itself, without making any attempt to make up lost hours of sleep.
It’s also possible that immediate use of a sleeping pill, for example after a couple of sleepless nights, rather than after many horrible months, may get the natural rhythm back on track.
Finally, if we stop insomnia, we stop the risk of depression. This is a good reason not to panic the next time you find yourself tossing and turning at 3 a.m.
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