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Sleep Deprivation And Its Effect On Your Health

Sleep deprivation

Australia is experiencing a sleep deprivation crisis like never before. Nearly 48% of Australian adults report two or more sleep-related problems, while four in 10 report inadequate sleep.

The consequences of inadequate sleep may lead to significant problems for adults and children. However, understanding the effects of sleep deprivation can help you identify warning signs before the symptoms progress too far. You can use this knowledge to alleviate the issue with a brand-new pillow to ensure quality sleep.

But how does sleep deprivation affect your health? And can the right pillow actually help you recapture lost sleep?

Let’s take a closer look at each of these questions, starting by defining our terms.

What is sleep deprivation?

Sleep deprivation occurs when you don’t get enough sleep. Most scientists measure deprivation as less than seven hours per night, although children experience sleep deprivation after receiving less than eight hours. Not getting enough sleep over the course of several days leads to chronic sleep deprivation, which is a dangerous condition with serious side effects.

You may experience the effects of sleep deprivation even while ‘sleeping’ seven to eight hours at a time. Waking up frequently in the middle of the night, for example, can reduce your sleep quality and lead to sleep deprivation.

Sleep deprivation may become dangerous if left untreated. Receiving less sleep than your body’s natural requirement eventually leads to significant health effects, including physical, mental, and emotional concerns.

Let’s take a look at a few of these below.

Health effects of sleep deprivation

How much does sleep deprivation affect health?

More than you may think.

In fact, humans can only go a few days without sleep before experiencing hallucinations and other side effects.

Some of these common sleep deprivation symptoms include:

  • Poor mental health
  • Poor physical health
  • Poor metabolic health
  • Poor heart health
  • Poor overall wellbeing

Let’s look at each of these in greater detail.

  1. Cognitive function and mental health

How can sleep deprivation affect your mental health? According to sleep scientists, sleep deprivation can lead to an increased probability of anxiety and depression, as well as poorer mood during waking hours.

Sleep deprivation can also affect:

  • Memory
  • Concentration
  • Emotional well-being
  1. Immune system and physical health

The connection between sleep deprivation and a weakened immune system is well documented by sleep scientists. Not enough sleep can trigger pro-inflammatory signalling, which results in deregulated immune system responses and a higher likelihood for infection. For this reason, individuals receiving below their recommended amount of sleep may struggle with slower recovery times and chronic health conditions.

Dentons’ pillows support a healthy sleep environment to better bolster your immune system. Our luxury pillows encourage better circulation so you can fall and stay asleep longer. The Caress Profile, for example, comes with 600 foam tips to hug sensitive skin and prevent uncomfortable pressure during the night.

  1. Weight management and metabolic health

Not getting enough sleep can also lead to weight management problems, particularly with fat gain and an inability to shed pounds. Research shows that dieters neglecting proper sleep lose 55% less fat than those getting proper amounts of sleep. Keep in mind inadequate sleep can also disrupt hormonal balances, leading to rapid weight gain.

To reduce the probability of sleep deprivation affecting your waistline, you should find a quality pillow that prioritises comfort and support. Dentons’ speciality line of comfort range pillows is thought to contribute to a healthy metabolic function.

  1. Cardiovascular health

Heart health and sleep hygiene are inextricably linked at the hip. Insufficient sleep can increase the risk of hypertension, as well as boost all-cause mortality from a higher risk of heart disease and stroke. 

Pillows that promote proper spinal alignment may be helpful for supporting your cardiovascular health. By alleviating pressure and encouraging better circulation while you sleep, your heart can take a break while sleeping comfortably through the night.

  1. Stress management and overall well-being

Sleep deprivation may contribute to increased stress and reduce your overall well-being. Without quality sleep, you may suffer from extensive mood swings and poor emotional resilience that frustrates loved ones. You may even develop sleep reactivity that makes it difficult to fall and stay asleep.

Researchers encourage those suffering from sleep deprivation to find a soothing sleep environment for enhanced relaxation. You’re welcome to browse Dentons’ wide range of pillows to find the perfect fit for your unique needs.

Choosing the right pillow to combat sleep deprivation

There’s a clear line between quality sleep and the regulation of bodily functions. Getting rest below the bar can significantly impact your well-being, ultimately preventing you from giving 100% during the day. Adhering to sleep hygiene — as well as investing in quality pillows — can banish sleep deprivation and support a good night’s rest.

Here are some factors to consider while selecting the right pillow for your needs:

  • Pillow type: Do you need a specific type of pillow for snoring, pregnancy, or lumbar support? Or are you comfortable with a more conventional pillow such as the Impressions Classic?
  • Firmness: Does your body need a firmer pillow to keep your spine in alignment? Or is something softer your style? If you can’t choose between the two, you can always opt for one of Dentons’ speciality materials.
  • Support: What type of support do you need for the way you like to sleep? Are you a back sleeper, a side sleeper, or a combination sleeper?

Not sure where to find such a personalised pillow? The professionals at Dentons have what you’re looking for. We’ve crafted each of our pillows with premium materials and ergonomic designs so you can get the best night’s sleep with the least amount of discomfort.

Getting your best night’s sleep with Dentons

The right amount of sleep can have an extraordinary impact on your physical health, mental fortitude and emotional well-being. By prioritising sleep quality and investing in comfortable pillows, you can ensure better health and wellness for years to come. 

At Dentons, we strongly believe in the power of sleep and its ability to help you lead a life you love. That’s why we’re committed to pillows that improve rest and relaxation, boasting more than 40 years of experience in the sleep and comfort industry.

Our pillows are designed to adapt to your needs and promote an effortless good night’s rest. From our innovative materials to our specialist sleeper range, we can help you stave off sleep deprivation with luxurious, ergonomic designs.

Ready to browse our collection of sleep-enhancing pillows? Discover our products online or through your local Dentons stockist. You’re welcome to contact us for additional advice so you can experience the benefits of a well-rested lifestyle.

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