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Lack of Sleep

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Lack of sleep

Lack of sleep is the main symptom of insomnia. Not getting enough sleep isn’t very healthy for a person no matter what age he is. Sleep is very important as it gives a chance for our bodies and minds to rest after a long day.

When we sleep well, we wake up feeling refreshed and alert for our daily activities. Sleep affects how we look, feel and perform on a daily basis and can have a major impact on our overall quality of life. To get the most out of our sleep, both quantity and quality are important. Teens need at least 8 hours and on average 9 hours, a night of uninterrupted sleep to leave their bodies and minds rejuvenated for the next day. If sleep is cut short, the body doesn’t have time to complete all of the phases needed for muscle repair, memory consolidation and release of hormones regulating growth and appetite. Then we wake up less prepared to concentrate, make decisions, or engage fully in school and social activities.

Sleep deprivation can lead to serious health problems like heart diseases and failure, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke.

Here are some ways that people can overcome lack of sleep to live a better lifestyle. First, relax before bed, enjoy a little down time before bed to relax your body and mind and prepare for sleep. Turn off the television, lie in bed and clear your mind. Avoid exercising before bed, and steer clear of stimulating programs or activities such as playing video games. You should also lay off caffeine. Drink caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea and sodas before 4pm, to avoid sleep disruptions. Limit alcohol at dinner and bedtime. Use earplugs to block sounds that can disrupt sleep during the night by wearing earplugs. Run a warm bath, a drop in body temperature can induce sleep. Take a bath before bed, and as your body temperature decreases afterwards, you'll feel tired and enjoy a good night's rest.

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