Can You Pass A Sleep Deprivation Test?

It is believed that up to 75% of people who suffer from fibromyalgia experience frequent sleep disturbances as a direct result of the illness, while 73% of those people who have M.E. experience the same thing as well. This is a major concerned because studies long since proven just how important undisturbed sleep is with regard to overall health.

It might seem as though sleep is merely a time of total inactivity, but in truth, there are plenty of different processes taking place in your body when you are fast asleep.

  • Your immune system gets a boost;
  • damaged cells are repaired,
  • harmful chemicals are being eliminated from your blood, and of course,
  • your brain is sorting through all the data it has received during the day.

The Wonders of Getting A Full Night’s Sleep

Getting a good night’s rest can do wonders for body, but what happens when you don’t or cannot get good quality, undisturbed sleep. Well, as is to be expected, sleep deprivation has the exact opposite effect. A lack of undisturbed sleep has a negative impact on your entire body, and yes, total sleep deprivation will cause death in a relatively short space of time.

Fibromyalgia Can Prevent Uninterrupted Sleep

With fibromyalgia sufferers, it is a catch-22 situation. Fibromyalgia is preventing them from getting uninterrupted sleep, and the lack of sleep is in turn also making their fibromyalgia worse. A person with this illness usually falls asleep just as readily as anyone else, but their sleep gets disturbed due to them having an over-stimulated sympathetic nervous system. This causes a jerk response when they are asleep. It is similar to the feeling you get when you fall, and it’s this that wakes them up, often several times each night.

If you or somebody you know suffers from sleep disturbances, here are four steps you or they can take in order to enjoy a better quality of sleep:

Effective Strategies for Sleep Deprivation

1. Diet – Always try to ensure your stomach is empty when you go to sleep at night, and try to avoid eating processed foods during the day.

2. Warm Bath – Laying in a nice warm bath can be extremely relaxing, both mentally and physically.

3. Sleep Environment – Get rid of all distractions in your room before going to sleep. That means turning off all the lights; drawing the curtains, and etc. You should also try to ensure the temperature in your room is cool, but not cold. Many people also find that it is helpful to white noise such as the sound of rain, or any other sounds which you find soothing.

4. Exercise – Some mild exercise shortly before bed can very effective at preventing restless leg syndrome, while at the same time helping to maintain muscle mass.

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