The Hazards of Sleeplessness
Sleep Debt Is on the Rise
Studies show that 50-70 million adults in the US are diagnosed with some form of a sleep disorder. Moreover, 150 million individuals in the developing world are estimated to be impacted by sleep-related difficulties. Poor sleep can be hazardous to overall health and functioning.
Lack of sleep can cause lifestyle diseases like high blood pressure and cholesterol, lowered immunity, hormonal imbalance as well as fatigue and exhaustion.
Sleeplessness can lead to emotional problems like feeling tired, lonely, irritable, and moody. It can also exacerbate symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Poor sleep is linked to poorer memory. It can also impair a person's ability to process information, concentrate on tasks, solve problems, and make decisions.
Causes of Poor Sleep
Hereditary factors often lead to sleep difficulties. Imbalance in levels of hormones and neurotransmitters can also influence one's sleep quality. Moreover, a few disorders like sleep apnoea have a strong biological basis.
A person's sleeping environment affects the quality of sleep they get. If a room is loud, brightly lit, too warm or too cold, then it becomes difficult to fall asleep. Without a conducive environment, good sleep is unlikely.
A number of lifestyle variables have been linked to poor sleep. Some of these are doing shift work, travelling across timezones, using gadgets right before bed, and excessive consumption of caffeine, alcohol or nicotine.
Strategies to Sleep Better
This technique involves creating a schedule of sleep-promoting activities right before a person goes to bed in order to reinforce healthy sleep patterns.
Learning strategies to unwind before bed and simultaneously avoiding stimulating activities (like playing video games) can help improve sleep quality.
Positive Sleep Beliefs
Identifying unhelpful beliefs about sleep (such as, "I need sleep to function tomorrow") and using techniques to dispute them can help people sleep better.
Research says that people should use their bed only for sex and sleep. Avoiding other activities helps the brain to form a link between the bed and sleep.
How InnerHour Can Help
The sleep programme in the InnerHour app offers personalised tools and activities to help people work on their sleep difficulties.
Based on age and other factors, the app will recommend ideal sleep duration for a person and will also create a timetable for them.
Through a series of structured, engaging activities, the app helps people maintain sleep hygiene by making positive changes in their lifestyle and bedroom environment.
The app also identifies negative thinking patterns that interfere with sleep and teaches strategies to dispute them.
We offer rich, scientific articles with information to help people understand sleep better and learn different techniques to improve their sleeping patterns.
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