Causes of insomnia

Poor sleep is not really a disease but a phenomenon that is the symptom of another disorder. Diseases that can lead to sleeping problems are: stress, high blood pressure, obesity, menopausal problems, cardiovascular diseases, increased blood sugar, headache and bowel problems. You can try to prevent poor sleep yourself with a few simple means. First, it is wise to use as few sleeping aids as possible. Natural sleeping pills h should also be avoided, although they have considerably fewer side effects than synthetic sleeping pills.
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Poor sleep increases the chance of accidents

It is vital to sleep well. Poor sleep causes reduced concentration and that can lead to accidents if you work with machines or move on in traffic. Poor sleep is debilitating and can lead to all kinds of diseases. The immune system reacts less well if you sleep poorly.

Bad sleep makes you fat faster

Being chronically tired due to prolonged poor sleep is a risk factor for being overweight. How does that work? If you sleep poorly, you feel lifeless. You have a lack of energy. As a result, you have less resistance to opting for sensible nutrition; you choose to consume energy-rich (read sugar-rich) food. You are going to eat sweets and lose yourself in eating cookies and all kinds of sweets. Many people put extra sugar in the coffee and even people who don't normally use sugar sometimes put sugar in the coffee or tea to take some extra fuel and become more active. But that's not how the body works. The body is not a machine where you throw extra pure fuel in to make it run. If we eat normally, we get enough fuel. Sugar is a totally superfluous product, although it is pure fuel, but so pure that the body cannot do anything with it and converts too much sugar into a layer of fat. This is because the cells themselves all have a fuel reserve and sugar-rich food supplements this reserve very quickly; so fast that the body switches to applying a layer of fat.

Poor sleep and impotence

Poor sleep leads to reduced blood circulation and reduced oxygen transport. This puts the body in a kind of reserve position. Only the most vital parts of the body such as the organ system and the brain still get enough oxygen. Indirectly due to sleep deprivation, complaints such as impotence can occur.

Poor sleep and depression

Long-term or actually chronic sleep deprivation leads to a mental problem. People get caught up more quickly in a negative spiral of thought and no longer have the resilience to withdraw from it. As a result, people can become depressed by not getting enough sleep. In addition, there are mutually reinforcing causes. Suppose someone eats a lot of sugar to counteract the feeling of fatigue, then this person ends up in a sugar dip half an hour after sugar consumption. This sugar dip makes you feel even more faint. As a result, depressive feelings can be strengthened.
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You do not create enough happiness hormone

Melatonin and serotonin are two important hormones that are produced during sleep. Serotonin is also called the lucky hormone. If you sleep enough you feel happy because the levels of serotonin in the blood are up to standard. Serotonin deficiency leads to depression.
Tryptophan is an important amino acid for the human body that, together with vitamin C, zinc, magnesium and sunlight, produces serotonin.

Light leads to poor sleep

Humans are so assembled that more melatonin is released during darkness, causing a feeling of tiredness. The release of this hormone is disturbed by the use of lamps, computers and television. Watching television can cause a tired feeling due to another cause that is the melatonin release; it is a hypnotic medium as the image change and the movements in the image lower your level of consciousness. This allows you to fall asleep in front of the television without contributing to actually restful sleep, as we all need on average eight hours a day.
In a room where there is a lack of darkness during the night's rest, the body produces less melatonin. This can disturb the wake-sleep rhythm.

Irregularity is a co-factor

The body depends on habits. Man is a real creature of habit. When you go to sleep exactly at the same time every night, you program the body to get up. Everyone who goes on holiday will notice that he or she changes to a different rhythm quite quickly. Some holidays even make it necessary for you to get up a lot earlier than normal. The first days can cause problems, but after a day or two or three you will end up in a certain pace. You can then fall asleep and get up more easily because you reprogrammed your body in a short time. If you go to sleep at a completely different time every night, you are more likely to sleep poorly.

Eat good!

Healthy food; eating lots of fresh products and low sugar greatly contributes to a good sleep. Sometimes you just lie awake because you have eaten too little or too little nutritious. Your stomach is not yet crackling but you are restless. Both eating too little and not eating enough nutritious can lead to a hunger state of the body, making it very difficult to get to sleep. You can eat something quickly when you are awake at night, but make sure you have something healthy and filling. Sometimes simply eating away fruit such as a banana can help.

Video: Doctor, I Have Insomnia. What Can I Do? - Alon Avidan, MD. UCLA Health Sleep Center (February 2020).

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