Everyone knows that skimping on sleep isn’t great for your health. Not many people, though, ever stop to question their sleep quality.
The quality of your sleep is just as important as the quantity of sleep you get. Low-quality sleep can negatively affect your health in the same ways that sleep deficiency can.
The negative side effects of poor sleep are both mental and physical, and everyone should be aware of what exactly these effects are. That said, here are some ways in which poor sleep quality affects your health.
Mood & Other Elements Of Your Mental Health
We’ve all had the experience of not getting enough sleep. We’ve also all had experience of having our sleep interrupted. We might not think that the former is worse, but, as it turns out, the latter is actually much worse.
Interrupted sleep can be caused by a number of factors (e.g. snoring, physical discomfort, etc.). Regardless of what causes it, interrupted sleep can wreak havoc on your mood.
It’s also not too great for the brain. Even when you don’t get enough sleep, your body gets the chance to enter into deep sleep. This is why people sometimes feel groggy after “enjoying” 8 hours of interrupted sleep.
When your sleep is interrupted, however, your body gets no such chance. Deep sleep is where most of the important stuff happens. If your body never gets there, it misses out on some great benefits.
If you’re someone who constantly battles to get a night’s worth of uninterrupted sleep, you should see your doctor about it. He or she will be able to help you discover any underlying issues you might have.
Stress & Physical Discomfort
Low sleep quality can also cause a fair amount of physical discomfort. People who sleep on low-quality mattresses (or other surfaces) can experience more stress than their peers. As you may know, stress has the ability to take a tremendous toll on the body.
The surface you sleep on might also cause you physical pain. Some people, for instance, report that their mattresses cause them back pain.
Interestingly enough, this physical discomfort has the potential to lead to interrupted sleep. This means that physical discomfort could possibly open sleepers up to some of the issues we discussed in the previous section.
Having said that, if you routinely wake up feeling sore or stressed out, it might be time to upgrade your mattress or stop sleeping on the couch so much. You might not want to spend the money, but you can’t let your frugality ruin your health.
Investing In Your Sleep Quality
Whether your sleep quality is affecting your mental or physical health, it’s time to invest in improving the quality of your sleep. For some of you, this means that you’ll have to go mattress shopping. For others, it means that you’ll have to take more serious measures.
Those of you who snore or have sleep apnea, for example, might consider getting the Pillar Procedure done. Before you go through with any procedure, though, make sure its right for you.
If you happen to live near one of our offices, contact us to find out more about having a procedure or two done at one of our locations. We offer a number of treatments which are designed to help people like you get a good night’s rest.