A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE AFFLICTION PLAGUING MANY OF US
No matter where you live, sleep is the foundation of mental wellness, even for those who call Montecito home. According to experts, sleep is the regulator and mediator of your emotions. It is also the gatekeeper to your physical health.
I’ve blogged about the topic before including this post about creating a Zen bedroom but I have yet to explore the causes, symptoms, and treatments of not getting enough sleep. According to the Comprehensive Guide to Sleep Deprivation, compiled by YooHealth.com, one in three American adults don’t get enough sleep. That can cause a number of problems, ranging from major accidents to serious health issues. Studies show that lack of sleep can be linked to high blood pressure, heart attacks, obesity, diabetes and more.
Causes of Sleep Deprivation
There are many things that can lead to sleep deprivation. Some individuals incorrectly believe that sleep is a complete waste of time. Others unintentionally deprive themselves of sleep due to their demanding lives; from family obligations to job burdens. Then there are those who suffer from depression or anxiety, which can cause sleepless nights. Medical conditions, such as sleep apnea and hormone imbalances, can also create a loss of sleep.
Sleep deprivation can negatively affect your body and mind by affecting the way your brain functions and processes information. It can affect your immune system and prevent you from recovering from an illness or infection. Lack of sleep can also increase your risk of chronic illnesses and respiratory diseases, and interfere with heart vessel repair and maintaining healthy blood pressure and sugar levels. Your body weight can be affected too due to the release of hormones that control the feeling of hunger and insulin which increases fat and sugar storage.
Physical Activity Can Help
Physical activity is also known to improve sleep quality and increase sleep duration. Exercise may bolster sleep in other ways as well because it reduces stress and tires you out. Early morning and afternoon exercise may also help reset the sleep-wake cycle by raising body temperature slightly, then allowing it to drop and trigger sleepiness a few hours later. Lack of sleep or poor quality of sleep is also a major public safety issue; being tied to everything from major disasters to road hazards.
Living in a paradise like Montecito might just be the antidote for loss of sleep. After all, we have the perfect Mediterranean weather year-round, which means residents can get active 365 days a year.
Sleep Hygiene Experts suggest we practice sleep hygiene, including:
- Going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day
- Shutting off devices and doing soothing things an hour before bed
- Making sure your bedroom is dark and cool
- Avoiding caffeine and alcohol at least five hours before bed
- Don’t eat for at least three hours before bed
- Trying to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day
Tips for combating sleep deprivation:
- Train Your Brain
Your body follows the Earth’s day/night pattern, but it also uses your pattern of behavior to time the sleep cycle. Consistency not only trains your brain when to start the sleep cycle but also helps your body readily respond.
- Design a Routine
A bedtime routine can help anyone fall asleep faster, but especially those who struggle with insomnia. Activities like reading a book, taking a warm bath, or a short meditation or yoga session are excellent ways to relieve stress. Perform the routine in the same order and start it at the same time each day.
- Get Comfortable
All the routine and consistency in the world won’t help if you’re not comfortable. Turn down the thermostat, block out all light, and keep the bedroom as quiet as possible. Your mattress should help keep your spine aligned while you’re in your preferred sleep position. If it’s lumpy or saggy, it’s not doing its job, and it’s time to go shopping.
- Pay off sleep debt
When you don’t get enough sleep, you’ll experience sleep debt. Experts say the only way to erase sleep debt is by sleeping. That means you need to pay off the sleep debt as soon as possible so it doesn’t accumulate.
- Live in Montecito
Knowing you’re safe is another important component of good sleep. Montecito is known as a safe and beautiful community; home to respectful short- and long-term residents alike. Plus, residents can get help at The Santa Barbara Sleep Clinic, the county’s premier sleep disorders center accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. With state-of-the-art equipment, they can diagnose a full range of sleep disorders, from obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA) to narcolepsy. The renowned facility has an accumulated 30 years’ experience in sleep medicine and offers the highest quality care while guaranteeing the most effective treatment based on a patient’s individual needs.
Imagine waking up in this Spectacular Ocean View Estate. Featuring stunning ocean views like the one pictured here. This residence is known as one of the most awe-inspiring domiciles on California’s Central Coast. As I’ve blogged in the past, living in a home with an ocean view is good for your health. You can’t get much healthier than this iconic property that was designed by architect James Morris, a founding partner of Santa Barbara’s acclaimed The Warner Group. (I will happily arrange a private tour for you.)
As you can see, sleep deprivation is serious. If you’re looking for the perfect home for a good night’s sleep in any of the upscale communities in Santa Barbara, I’m here to help. Please take a look at my comprehensive website then give me a call at 805.886.9378 or email me at Cristal@montecito-estate.com. I have the experience and knowledge to find you a place to practice sleep hygiene and avoid sleep deprivation.