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What Lack of Sleep Does to Your Mind
People in recovery from alcoholism, addiction and co-dependency may need to address all aspects of health – including sleep.
One catch cry of recovery is; HALT – Don’t get too HUNGRY, ANGRY, LONELY or TIRED.
Sleepiness can damage your judgment, work performance, mood, and safety.
Do you often forget things that you’re sure you know? Is it hard to concentrate on complex assignments? Do you get less than six hours of sleep a night?
If so, you’re probably not getting enough sleep. That’s right; lack of sleep can hinder you from thinking clearly and keeping your emotions at an even keel. Studies show that excessive sleepiness can hurt work performance, wreak havoc on relationships, and lead to mood problems like anger and depression.
Why Don’t People Value Sleep?
Most people who don’t get enough sleep don’t recognize the toll that it takes on their thinking and mental health.
The Impact of Chronic Sleepiness
People who are sleep deprived often say they feel “foggy.” Here are three reasons.
- Sleepiness slows down your thought processes.
- Excessive sleepiness impairs memory.
- Poor sleep makes learning difficult.
Other matters discussed in this article are (see link below);
- The Biggest Danger of Sleepiness: Slowed Reaction Time
- The Impact of Sleepiness on Mood and Mental Health
How Do You Know if Sleepiness Is a Problem?
Because individual sleep needs vary, experts say the best way to gauge whether you’re getting enough sleep is by how you feel. “You shouldn’t feel sleepy when you wake up,” says Verceles. “You should be energetic throughout the day and slowly wind down as you approach your usual bedtime.”