Some of the scariest things happen when you lose sleep.
Oh I don’t mean ghost stories, although they can be scary especially to children. What happens when you lose sleep?
You may notice being more irritable than usual. If you’re driving or operating other machinery and your reflexes are slowed it can lead to an accident. And your judgement may be slowed from lack of sleep.
It can be more than simply being cranky or yawning a lot the next day. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to serious health issues and risks, including obesity, depression and anxiety. And it may be associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Did you know…
- 40% of Americans are sleep-deprived?
- Getting less than 6 hours of sleep means you’re cognitively impaired?
- Your immune system fights infections and cancers when you’re asleep?
This is the topic of an upcoming National Geographic Special: “Sleepless in America.” Its next showing is Sunday December 7. Click here to see the video trailer and find out more and get updated showings.
What can you do about it?
Well, that’s the topic of a recent free workshop on Caregiving With Purpose – “Easy Ways for Caregivers to Get a Good Night’s Sleep.” You can still get the replay by signing up for the workshops. Just click here now.
To your happy&healthy caregiving,
Ina Gilmore MD
Founder, www.CaregivingWithPurpose.com and www.TheKnittingYarn.com
Ambassador of Caregiving at www.HowToLiveOnPurpose.com