The Dangers Of Getting Too Little Sleep
Sleep is vital to life—the body simply isn’t meant to function all the time, and it has to have some downtime to rest, repair, and recharge. Sleeping is when the body has the chance to really fight off disease or work to repair scratches and other wounds. It’s when things slow down enough that muscles can repair themselves after a long day. If you don’t get enough sleep, you’ll do more than just feel tired. Your body will be open to attack by bacteria and viruses, and you’ll find that any diseases you have are much worse. Diabetics, for example, may notice that their blood sugar levels are higher when they don’t sleep right.
If you go too long without getting a good amount of sleep, you’re going to eventually crash. Your body will more or less shut down and you’ll sleep for hours, maybe even days, without really knowing what’s going on. This time of deep sleep may seem like a good idea—it’s nice and restful, after all—but it’s very dangerous to let this happen. First, it means staying up for far too long. Second, the crash could come at any time. You may suddenly find yourself falling asleep while driving, for example, and that could lead to a serious car accident.
What Can you Do?
You need to find ways of getting a good amount of sleep on a regular basis. That can be hard for those with insomnia—the inability to fall asleep. However, there are some things you can do. Many people who have trouble sleeping drink tea. Chamomile tea or chamomile extract can be incredibly helpful in battling insomnia. Research has shown chamomile to be a proven sleep aid that has absolutely no side effects. Just make sure whatever tea you drink has no caffeine in it. Otherwise, you’re just going to be up longer!
One of the most popular methods of getting to sleep is to take a melatonin supplement. This is completely natural—the body actually produces melatonin every day. It’s what makes us sleepy. Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland, but synthetic melatonin is exactly the same thing. However, this melatonin only stays in the body for about 15 minutes, so if you can’t fall asleep quickly, it may not help.
Training your body and mind to sleep can also help. This is called cognitive behavioral therapy, and it involves things like creating a relaxing environment in the bedroom, only using the bed for sleep, and doing some deep breathing before bed to help the muscles relax. This therapy has shown to be successful for some insomniacs, but for others, it hasn’t helped as much.
You may also want to start taking a supplement that contains graviola. Research has shown that a graviola supplement may be able to provide you with a number of benefits.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure any diseases.