Did you know that more than half of traffic accidents in America are because of drowsy drivers? What keeps them busy is due to lack of night’s sleep. That can be attributed to insomnia. See how it affects one’s daily functioning. It’s a serious matter that needs to be acted immediately. Car accidents are just one possible impact of insomnia that it impairs reaction-time in situations as well as memory and judgment.
Insomnia could very detrimental one’s over-all health. Disorientation and irritability are just minor psychological impacts. What is more alarming are the hypertension and high-blood pressure risks and severe emotional disorders such as depression or worst could be anxiety. Insomnia and depression could actually cause each other vise versa. There is a need to see a physician in order to cease insomnia and determine whether it is short-term or chronic. Treatments depend on the category of insomnia and the type of person suffering from it. One could go on medication or the non-medication type of treatment.
However, there is one misconception about treatment. Some insomnia sufferers treat their problem by drinking alcohol for it helps them get sleepy. But taking large amounts of it is not good anymore. It actually worsens the problem. It is just a little amount of alcohol that a body needs to encourage relaxation. Drug-dependency is one serious problem that could accompany insomnia.
Insomnia is prolonged could also lead to premature aging. When you lack sleep, you do not get the chance for body rejuvenation and detoxification, which is why you’ll have that skin wrinkles which is one common sign of aging.
Breast cancer is another serious risk, why? Melatonin, a body hormone, works during night to combat abnormal cell growth. Failure of body to release this hormone increases women’s tendency to breast cancer according to an article on Washingtonpost.com (2005). Night-shift jobs are not advisable for women.
Now let us talk about cortisol, an anti-inflammatory in the body. It is released during the day and stops natural call repair. Sleeping lowers cortisol levels, thus allowing natural cell repair. So if you lack sleep, you are allowing levels of cortisol production in the body, which has negative effect.
Insomnia, indeed could be very detrimental to over-all health. If you have severe trouble sleeping better have remedies or treatments right away to prevent physical and psychological risks from devastating you.