Effects of Interrupted Sleep

Many things might wake you during the night. Sometimes it’s because you need to use the restroom, or other times it's because your pet is seeking attention. Whatever the cause, waking up in the middle of the night is an all-too-common occurrence for many. Interrupted sleepers may envy deep sleepers. Those spoiled individuals who don’t get woken until their alarm goes off in the morning.

In addition to being a frustrating nuisance, what are some of the negative effects that interrupted sleep has on people?

  • Less restorative sleep - Though REM sleep is the type that we get the most of, we all need some deep sleep during the night, as this is the most restorative type. If you are woken up during the night, you might be disturbing your sleep cycles. In doing so, you are not getting the restorative sleep that your body needs.
  • Less healthy - If you consistently are woken during the night, you may begin experiencing a variety of health issues. Hypertension, weight gain, and even some cancers can often be tied back to a person experiencing repeated interrupted sleep.
  • Less ability to remember and retain - If your sleep is interrupted, and you aren’t getting restorative sleep, your brain might not function properly. This may cause you to have cognitive issues such as problems remembering things or even retaining information.
  • Less happy/more moody - If you find yourself feeling upset, or even angry, due to your interrupted sleep, this is common. Another common and bothersome side effect is suffering from depression due to interrupted sleep. If you find that you are repeatedly missing sleep, and you think that you might be experiencing depression because of it, you should talk to your doctor. Together, you and your doctor can create a personalized plan to get you back on the path to proper sleep. Your doctor can also assist you in dealing with the depression, or help you find a medical professional that can help.

You are going to have a bad night once in a while. We all unfortunately do. Maybe you are just experiencing a 24-hour bug, or maybe it’s for another reason, but not every night of sleep is going to be a perfect one. What’s important to keep in mind, however, is if you do repeatedly experience interrupted sleep, you need to reach out for help. The help is there, you just need to ask for it.

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