Sleep disturbances and the negative effects on Health

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Not getting enough sleep is something that can affect all of us at some time or another. There’s nothing worse than feeling tired when you wake up and then struggling through the day, yawning repeatedly, due to the lack of good shuteye.

Lack of sleep can make you feel grumpy and limit your productivity at work. But what isn’t highlighted at much is that sleep deprivation can also have profound consequences on your physical health.

It can disrupt your immune system, meaning you are less able to fend on germs and bugs. Over time, chronic mood disorders, like depression and anxiety, may arise. Prolonged sleep loss can lead to diabetes and heart disease. For women, it can increase the possibility of not being able to conceive. And did you know that a proper night’s kip could also keep you looking slimmer and boost your sex drive!

There are other side effects to being fatigued. It can impact upon your concentration levels and make driving dangerous.

So how much sleep should we have?

Getting enough sleep is important for so many reasons and to function properly, most of us need around eight hours a night.

But that can be easier said than done. Quite apart from our busy lives, lack of sleep is often due to noise. Disruption from too many decibels is a common complaint. If you live in a built up area, where there’s lots of noise from traffic, clubs and restaurants, early morning bin collections and noisy neighbours, this can be highly likely. And for those who work nights, daytime noise can be even more of an issue.

Limiting Noise

Whilst it’s often difficult to prevent noise happening from outside the home – keeping windows shut is one suggestion – there are ways to reduce potentially disruptive sounds from within the property. When you go to bed, make sure TVs are turned off and appliances, like dryers and washing machines, aren’t running. Turn off your phone altogether if possible but if you have to leave it on, put it into silent mode.

And if you can get to bed an hour or two earlier – especially at weekends – then this can also be a way of catching up on lost sleep.

Sleep Earplugs

More than anything else, earplugs are the best way to blot out unwelcome noise and offer you the chance of a full night’s uninterrupted sleep. If you are worried about the amount of sleep you are missing out on, now might be the time to invest in a sturdy set of plugs. They’re designed to drown out noise, so that your sleep patterns aren’t disrupted and you get a good night’s sleep.

Because we each have our own shaped ears, it’s best to go for custom-made earplugs that fit your ears properly and are comfortable to wear.

Our clinics treat numerous patients who come to us with sleep related issues – so we’re confident we can find precisely the right set of earplugs for you.

If you are sick and tired that you aren’t getting sufficient sleep, then wearing earplugs could be the answer you are looking for. They’ll help you get the required amount of sleep – which won’t just stop you feeling irritable and drowsy. It will be good for your all-round health, too.

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