Facing the day after a night of tossing and turning is challenging indeed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “More than one-quarter of the U.S. population report occasionally not getting enough sleep, while nearly 10% experience chronic insomnia.” While lifestyle often is a factor, Dr. Marina Johnson writes that “Insomnia can result from endocrine problems in both men and women” and that “Disorders of thyroid hormone, testosterone, cortisol, and growth hormone can all cause sleep disorders.” But although irksome, is insomnia really worth treating or is it simply something to endure?
According to the Mayo clinic, complications from insomnia can cause such psychiatric problems as depression and anxiety. They continue to explain that physical health is also affected with associated complications of obesity, increased risk of diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. Therefore, while it may seem that insomnia can be dealt with on a night-to-night basis, if it leads to these chronic conditions, this would negatively impact ones health in the long run.
Could insomnia even prove to be deadly? It has been suggested that drowsy drivers are as dangerous as drunk drivers. Sleep deprivation can cause one to doze while behind the wheel or even slow reaction time. This could impact one’s performance on the job, particularly in positions where high levels of sensory acuity are essential to performing job related tasks safely. Being sleep deficient could lead to more work related accidents costing both the employee and employer alike.
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