Don’t Let Lack of Sleep Turn You into “The Walking Dead”: Visit a LifeBridge Health Sleep Center
Posted Oct 31 2013 6:00am
Anyone who has ever gotten a workout from tossing and turning can tell you that a lack of sleep can cause increased irritability and an inability to focus. We can feel like the “Waking Dead,” zombie-crawling through our days.
The physical effects of insomnia can’t be understated: A 2008 study revealed that “Insomniacs who sleep fewer than five hours a night are five times more likely to suffer hypertension than people who sleep well.” Insomnia also ups our risks of heart disease and diabetes; it can weaken our immune systems and contribute to depression and anxiety disorders.
There’s no one culprit behind this common sleep disorder. That afternoon coffee (or two) can keep us up all night, and so can more complex medical conditions such as arthritis, cancer, heart and lung diseases, gastroesophageal reflux disease or an overactive thyroid (among others). We may think that a glass (or two) of wine before ...