Ugh, it’s the worst, isn’t it? Lying down to go to sleep at night is supposed to be a relaxing thing, but if you have been consistently sleeping poorly, your bed doesn’t feel like your friend anymore.

There has to be something you can do about it, right? Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Knoxville provides some helpful info and tips so you and your bed can become friends again.

What’s Causing Me to Lose Sleep?

There are lots of different causes. Some people experience actual sleep disorders like chronic insomnia—a sleep disorder in which you have trouble falling and/or staying asleep. But usually, as most experts state, stress is one of the biggest culprits of robbing us from a night of restfulness.

Stress comes in many forms. If you work the third shift or have lots of meetings during the day, these types of things can add a lot of tension to your body and make it harder for it to rest. A noisy sleep environment or caring for a person during the night also add real-time stress that can make it hard to fall or go back to sleep.

Home-Remedy Sleep Treatments

  • After trying to fall asleep for 20 minutes, get up and read, then try again later.
  • Minimize your phone usage.
  • Don’t eat a heavy meal in the hours before you try to go to sleep.
  • Take a bath.
  • Keep the bedroom quiet, dark and cool.

Does Constant Sleep Deprivation Affect My Health?

Yes, it does. For most, getting less than the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep on a regular basis will lead to negative bodily repercussions.

Sleep helps your brain and body systems function, so when you don’t get enough sleep, your body doesn’t work as well. The body systems that are most likely to suffer are your immune and cardiovascular systems.

Signs of Sleep Deprivation

  • Fatigue
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty remembering and focusing

Is your lack of sleep affecting your health? Come see us at AFC Urgent Care Knoxville for the relief you deserve.