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by Natalia Nicholson October 11, 2021 7 min read
Sleep is definitely something that we all take for granted. We often force ourselves to stay awake and pull all-nighters to study, work on a project, watch movies, or play video games. Now, while most of these activities are typically harmless, sacrificing 8 hours of sleep comes with heavy consequences.
Today, we’ll be taking a look at some of the dangers associated with not having enough sleep, what are the ways that can help you have a better sleeping experience, and how aromatherapy aids in sleeping!
What Happens To Your Body Without Enough Sleep?
If, for some reason, a person is unable to get enough sleep, they will certainly end up getting some serious health problems. Take a look at some of the short-term problems that sleep depravity can bring:
Living a life where you’re not having enough sleep does sound like a nightmare, but why is sleep so important?
The Importance of Having Proper and Quality Sleep
Believe it or not, if a person was to go on long periods without sleep, the results can be fatal. There is a rare genetic disorder called Fatal Familial Insomnia (FFI), and it has an even rarer version called Sporadic Fatal Insomnia, which only has 24 documented cases as of 2016, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
What makes sleep so important is the fact that it allows our bodies and mind to recharge. It also aids in keeping our immune systems healthy, making it easier for our bodies to fight off diseases. Sleep also aids in supporting the body’s growth and development, especially for children and teens.
According to the NIH, sleep also helps promote a healthy brain function. During sleep, the brain is busy forming new pathways, which aids a person to learn and retain valuable information. On the other hand, being deprived of sleep can have terrible effects on a person’s emotional well-being. Depression, suicidal tendencies, and anxiety have all been linked to sleep deficiency, clearly pointing out that a lack of sleep can ruin an individual's mental state.
Okay, so we’ve been talking about what happens to a person’s body if they don't get enough sleep and how important getting enough sleep truly is. Next is the crucial part of today’s topic because now we’ll be providing everyone with 10 ways that will help them sleep better!
10 Ways for Better Sleep and Overcoming Your Insomnia
Insomnia can be a tricky problem to deal with. According to AVIVA’s 2017 Wellbeing Report, there are around 4,960,000 individuals who are suffering from insomnia in the UK alone. For sufferers, battling insomnia can sometimes feel like an impossible war to win. However, there are ways to help alleviate the symptoms of this sleep disorder, and they might even help a person’s sleeping patterns, sleeping habits, and quality of sleep get back to normal.
BONUS: Aromatherapy Can Help You Out Too
Aside from the 10 ways we’ve mentioned, aromatherapy is also a great way to promote quality sleep. By definition, aromatherapy is a holistic restorative treatment that utilises natural plant extracts to boost an individual’s well-being and health. Now, while every scent is beneficial in general, there are certain scents that offer better results when it comes to promoting sleep.
Lilac and lavender are two of the most relaxing scents in aromatherapy, and they have unique chemistries that make them wonderful for sleeping.
With lilac, you have what’s called a lilac linalool—an alcohol that signals the brain to lower the production levels of cortisol (stress hormones)—to amplify feelings of happiness and peace, by reducing the cortisol levels present in our bodies.
Some of the main active ingredients of lavender include linalyl acetate, eucalyptol, and linalool.
Lavender is known to promote wellness and calmness, while also reducing anxiety, mild pain, and stress. The linalool found in lavenders changes the ion channel function and inhibits acetylcholine release at the neuromuscular junction. It results in theimprovement of sleep quality, better sleep duration, and less sleep disturbances. A 2013 study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) website revealed that the anxiolytic effects of lavender did extremely well for 221 patients who had anxiety disorders.
At the end of the day, it’s up to you to choose which is the best method to help you fall asleep. But we do hope that the short list of suggestions we have today have been informative and helpful.
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