Getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each night may seem like a long lost memory, let alone a luxury. But not getting enough sleep is known to have health consequences. Accumulating research suggests that sleep deprivation, even in the short term, could pave the way for anxiety, weight gain, insulin sensitivity, stroke and heart disease, memory impairment, hypertension and, well, you get the picture. Sleep deprivation is not okay.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAn estimated 30 million Americans are not getting enough sleep. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report \u201cinsufficient sleep as a public health epidemic\u201d.\u00a0 \r\nSleep Deprivation Vs. Sleep Deficiency\r\nWhile you may think that sleep deprivation and sleep deficiency are one in the same, in reality they are quite different. Sleep deprivation is actually a condition, which results from not getting enough sleep.\r\n\r\nSleep deficiency, on the other hand, is a much more comprehensive concept. You have a sleep deficiency if you don\u2019t get enough sleep, you sleep at times when you shouldn\u2019t be sleeping, you sleep poorly, you have a sleep disorder, or one or more of these conditions.\r\nSymptoms of Sleep Deprivation\r\nBecause sleep is one of human\u2019s basic needs, sleep deprivation can result in many undesirable effects, besides increasing the risk to the health-related conditions mentioned earlier.\r\n\r\n \tDark under eye circles and bags under eyes (periorbital puffiness)\r\n \tConfusion and memory lapses\r\n \tHeadaches\r\n \tIrritability\r\n \tExcessive Yawning\r\n \tFatigue and malaise\r\n \tDepression\r\n \tHallucinations\r\n \tCognitive Impairment\r\n \tDecreased performance in work, school, or home\r\n \tDrowsy driving leading to vehicle accidents\r\n \tOccupational accidents and injuries\r\n\r\nIn other words, getting enough sleep plays an important role in our physical health, mental health, safety, and overall quality of life.\r\nRemedies for Sleep Deprivation\r\nThe first step to combat sleep deprivation is to become aware that you have it. Next, is to practice good sleep hygiene, which is the promotion of good sleep habits. A few things you can do when you are sleep deprived are:\r\n\r\n \tGo to bed early enough that you can get seven to eight hours of sleep (or nine if that is what you need to feel your best).\r\n \tGo to bed and get up the same time every day.\r\n \tAvoid sleep robbers, like caffeine, alcohol, and eating too late and too much before bed.\r\n \tCreate a good sleep environment (comfortable mattress, soothing bedroom decor, best temperature for sleep)\r\n \tUtilize a sleep diary if you worry at night or have sleep anxiety.\r\n \tExercise, but not within two hours of bedtime.\r\n\r\nIf you feel like you are always tired or view sleep as it gets in the way of other things you want to be doing, it might be time to change your thinking about sleep. Sleep is the time for both your brain and body to be restored, recharged, and rejuvenated, and plays a critical role in your healthy mental and physical functioning.\r\nLink to Us!\r\nIf you found this article useful and shareable, please copy and paste the following into the html code of your website or blog:\r\n\r\nLearn More about Getting a Better Night's Sleep and Good Sleep Hygiene at <a href"https:\/\/www.plushbeds.com\/blog\/sleep-disorders\/sleep-deprivation\/">Plushbeds Green Sleep Blog<\/a>.