Acid Reflux preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep?
There’s a common myth that sleep is not important and that you only need a few hours rest… nothing could be farther from the truth!
Quality sleep is vital to your health and well-being and is every bit as important as diet and exercise. Research consistently shows that all mammals need sleep. Among other things, sleep regulates mood and is related to learning and memory functions. Getting the proper quality and quantity of sleep will help you learn new things, stay focused and be productive. It is also a critical part of remaining healthy.
Even though individual sleep requirements may vary, adults typically need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. It is difficult to make up for lost sleep because each time you don’t get enough sleep, you add to the sleep that is lost due to poor sleep habits, sickness, awakenings due to environmental factors or other health causes such as gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) or many other health related issues. As a result, the increased lack of sleep adds to making you feel sleepier and less alert at times.
Many people simply follow a diet and exercise program to stay healthy. It’s just as important to have a smart sleep program as well. Sleep deprivation afflicts 47 million adults in the United States.
Here are some of the common side effects of sleep deprivation:
Short term effects:
• A decrease in daily performance and alertness levels
Reducing your sleep by as little as one and a half hours for just one night could result in a reduction of daytime alertness by as much as 32%.
• Memory loss and cognitive impairment
Decreased alertness and excessive daytime sleepiness impair your ability to think and processing information.
• Stressed relationships
Disruption of a bed partner’s sleep due to a sleep disorder like snoring or continued awakening from acid reflux symptoms may cause problems with your partner like sleeping in separate rooms, moodiness, and their own loss of daytime performance.
• Poor Quality of Life
You might not have the energy to engage in the things you enjoy most in life. Going through the day too tired to participate in life’s joys is no fun for you or your family.
• Possible on the job injuries
Excessive sleepiness also contributes to a greater than twofold higher risk of sustaining an on the job injury.
• Possible car accident
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates conservatively that each year drowsy driving is responsible for at least 100,000 automobile crashes, 71,000 injuries, and 1,550 fatalities. Car accidents most frequently also involve an innocent passenger or another driver.
The good news is that many sleep disruptions can easily be corrected. For example, if you suffer from frequent nighttime heartburn or acid reflux your doctor will recommend head elevated sleep as the number one lifestyle change. Gravity1st™ Elevated Sleep Systems is the easiest way to achieve head elevated sleep to get you the rest you need to be productive each day.
If you don’t try to treat your interrupted sleep quickly, the long term clinical consequences will be compounded. Some of the serious illnesses that can come from continued sleep deprivation are:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Psychiatric problems, including depression and other mood disorders
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Mental impairment
- Fetal and childhood growth retardation
If you suffer from an illness that can consistently interrupt your sleep, like acid reflux, you can see the other serious conditions that can accompany it. Sleeping promotes healing. Check out Gravity1st™ Elevated Sleep Systems mattress before your acid reflux or frequent heartburn causes significant sleep deprivation.
Source: WebMD, Science Daily