What happens when you can't get a good night's sleep?

What happens when you can’t get a good night’s sleep?

Ok, so we have all been there. Ok, at least I have been. It’s been a long day, and it’s time for me to get some sleep. The only problem is there are nights that my body simply doesn’t want to rest. Was it because I spent watching too many episodes of the Daily Show? Why is Jon Stewart leaving the show? Yes, I know a topic for another day, but these are the thoughts that enter my mind when I am not able to sleep.
It’s ok to struggle with sleep now and then. There are also several possible ways to remedy the occasional night of sleeplessness. What I am referring to is the inability to sleep consistently. What are the implications of your health over a period when dealing with persistent Insomnia?
A new study looked at the possible connection of insomnia to an increased risk of premature death. The study also revealed that the link is stronger with people who consistently are suffering from insomnia versus someone who now and then has trouble falling asleep for a night or two. Insomnia that occurs consistently can once again be linked to high levels of stress. In the study that was done by the University of Arizona, it was revealed that persistent insomnia was linked to increased death rate of 58%. I suppose the next question would be why would simply a lack of sleep significantly increase the death rate? To answer that question in one word: inflammation. People in the study that consistently dealt with insomnia had significantly higher levels of inflammation as well.
Getting enough is important to your health, and if you are having sleep issues it’s always important to have those issues addressed. If you need some help with getting a good night’s rest, please do not hesitate to contact my office for an appointment.

Dr. Shah, MD

Sources:
Paddock, Catharine. “Persistent insomnia linked to higher risk of death, study finds.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 27 Feb. 2015. Web.
4 Mar. 2015.