It is widely accepted now that sleep deprivation which persists for more than a few weeks can have a huge impact on our physical and mental health.Therefore, it is highly advisable to see a sleep therapist, who can help you reach the root cause behind your insomnia.
Symptoms of sleep deprivation vary from one person to the next and it’s almost impossible to provide an exhaustive list, yet the most common symptoms include:
- moodiness / irritability
- anxiety / depression
- difficulty learning new concepts
- difficulty concentrating / focusing
- lack of motivation
- increased appetite, particularly for carbohydrates
- reduced sex drive
- increased feelings of stress
- resulting ‘physical’ effects such as weight gain, hair loss, chronic pain etc
During sleep, our sympathetic nervous system, which controls our fight/flight/freeze response gets a chance to relax. Studies show that sleep deprivation increases our sympathetic nervous system activity so we’re increasingly in a state of hyper-vigilance. This creates changes in our body including an increase in adrenalin, cortisol levels and blood pressure.