Many people believe that perpetual exhaustion is a fact of life. The hustle and bustle of running errands, work, and caring for your family can be exhausting. Getting enough rest is crucial for the ability to perform and remain healthy. Understanding how sleep deprivation affects you is vital to staying healthy.
Here are a few myths surrounding sleep and how the lack of sleep can affect you.
Myth 1: Sleep Isn’t Important
We All love to get things done. We power through long days to meet deadlines and crush our goals. You may think giving up sleep gives you more time to be productive. But, not sleeping can do more to harm productivity than help it. Sleeping is your body’s time to recover from the day, heal itself, and prepare for the next day. Depriving yourself of sleep interrupts these functions and robs you of productivity.
Myth 2: Your Body Gets Used to Less Sleep
There are plenty of people who believe that their body adapts to less rest. While you may think that you’ve adjusted to less shut-eye, it doesn’t mean your body is performing at its best.
Sleep deprivation can slow you down in several ways. Without enough sleep, your daytime performance suffers. Without sleep, focusing on tasks and making sound decisions is more challenging. Also, not getting rest interrupts your body’s ability to heal itself, leaving you vulnerable to getting sick.
Although you might feel fine, sleeping less has consequences in the long run.
Myth 3: Snoring is No Big Deal
You may have an occasional bout of light snoring after a long day. Lightly snoring is generally not harmful. But, consistent loud snoring may show a significant problem.
Chronic snoring can be problematic for your relationships and interrupt your partner’s rest.
It could also be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive Sleep apnea is a condition where partial airway blockages disrupt breathing. The disruption forces your brain to wake you up to take a breath. Over time, OSA wreaks havoc on your health and can be life-threatening.
If you’ve been having trouble sleeping, don’t take it lightly. Ear, nose, and throat specialists at EOS sleep can help. Call us today and schedule a consultation at (212)-873-6036.