Top 5 Health Hazards Associated with Restlessness

December 14, 2012

You can’t blame yourself for having a disoriented mindset in the way that you keep thinking about the issues that revolve your life. You can’t also be blamed for having only 24 hours a day to accomplish all the things that needs to be done. However, you should solve any restlessness problem you may have; else, this may pose hazards to your health.

Restlessness, or the inability to be still and comfortable, happens when you have been deprived of sleep for some time. The period ranges from three weeks to about six months. In this article, we will talk about the top three impacts of restlessness that’s associated with health.

Restless Nights

1) Obesity

Children are not exempted from the possibility of obesity. Like adults, there is an ongoing epidemic of serious cases of obesity in children. Being wide awake during most of the nighttime because of  playing games, watching TV, studying or just being plain restless will hamper your sleeping time, which is something that could lead to obesity. You would think that to sleep is only to rest your body parts and organs. Actually, sleeping also burns your calories. So if you’re not getting much exercise, your body does this caloric expenditure for you.

Another hazard that can result from restlessness is that it may cause you to overeat, thinking that food can cure and ease your state of disquiet. Take note that you have more time to eat while awake, whereas your appetite is controlled when you are peaceful. This is because ghrelin, the appetite hormone, is regulated while leptin is released to give our body the signal to stop eating. When you don’t get the right amount of ghrelin and leptin, you tend to increase your intake of food without even realizing it. Yikes.

2) Mental Impairment

If you’re moments of restlessness are far too long, oxygen does not get properly circulated to your brain. As such, you could suffer memory impairment which will badly distress your overall mental health. As you might have noticed, whenever you fail to get enough shut-eye, you’ll end up being cranky the next morning. Mood swings will become more frequent. You’ll tend to have a shorter temper and patience. Remember, your decreased performance and cognitive alertness will affect those who work with you and those who are close to you.

When you have not paid your Sleep Debt and continue to have less sleeping hours than you should, your focus on important matters will be disturbed, and you’ll become more prone to distractions during waking hours. Your ability to think and process information will require more effort. Your capacity to memorize will be lessened. Because of these things, you tend to often forget even the simplest things. Not good.

3) High Blood Pressure

Studies from medical laboratories indicate that short-term sleeping, or lack of sleep, increases the risks of having hypertension or high blood pressure.

When you’re sleeping, your blood pressure normally falls to 10-20 percent, lowering the heart rate. When your blood vessels are relaxed, pressure of the heart is reduced. In contrast, if you are deprived of sleep, your body feels more stress, which activates the sympathetic nervous system. This response contributes to the onset of developing high blood pressure. The worst thing that can result from this is, well, premature death, caused by much undue strain exerted by the heart and blood vessels.

By now, you have learned how sleep deprivation can impact your mind and body. So try to get as much sleep as you can. To alleviate restlessness, you can try freeing yourself of thoughts and clearing your mind.