What Is Poor Sleep
Poor sleep isn't just about not getting enough rest; it's about the quality of rest you get. While the quantity of sleep is important, aiming for 7-9 hours for adults, the quality matters just as much. Poor sleep can manifest in various ways, such as difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently during the night, or not feeling refreshed upon waking up. These issues can result in chronic fatigue, impaired cognitive function, mood disturbances, and decreased work performance.
What Poor Sleep Is Not
It's important to note that occasional sleep disturbances are common and usually not a cause for concern. Everyone has a bad night's sleep now and then. But if these symptoms persist for a long period, usually more than a few weeks, it's a sign of a sleep issue that requires attention.
Primary Symptoms To Look Out For
1. Feeling Chronically Tired: Consistently waking up feeling like you haven't rested can be a sign of poor sleep quality.
2. Difficulty Focusing: Lack of sleep impacts cognitive abilities, making it hard to concentrate.
3. Mood Swings: Irritability and mood changes can indicate sleep deprivation or poor sleepquality.
4. Daytime Sleepiness: If you or someone around you notices you nodding off frequently during the day, it's time to seek help.
Medical Treatments: Sleeping medication can be prescribed for short-term relief. It's crucial to consult a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Psychological Treatments: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is highly effective in treating sleep issues by addressing the underlying thoughts and behaviours that hinder sleep.
Behavioural Treatments: Strategies for improving sleep hygiene, such as having a regular bedtime routine, abstaining from caffeine and exercise several hours before bed, and limiting screen time can have positive impacts on sleep.
Quick Tips For Better Sleep
1. Stick to a Schedule: Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day can help regulate your sleep cycle.
2. Create a Sleep-Friendly Environment: A dark, cool room can make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.
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