At this point we have survived Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays & we are rapidly headed toward New Year’s Eve.
If you are like me at this point, I feel more like I have been run over by a reindeer!
I am willing to admit this is usually self-inflicted. During this season I tend to look at the calendar and adding one more thing may not seem humanly possible. For some reason, I am unable to apply logic during the holidays and find myself adding one more thing… then one more thing… and one more thing… and maybe even one more thing…
This inability to apply logic during the holidays causes a sacrifice for proper sleep for me at times. The one or two or three more things added tends to lead to later and later nights… shorter sleep… earlier mornings…
When we experience nights where we don’t get enough sleep it can make the next day longer and miserable.
It is also very memorable when we have to deal with people on days after they’ve slept poorly.
Please don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining about the holiday season or this self-inflicted schedule, whatsoever. I absolutely love the holidays and I don’t even mind stores putting Christmas decorations out early. Yes, I am that annoying person singing every Christmas songs as loud as possible while driving as soon as the radio as they are played for the season.
I do know the holidays can be a stressful time for many reasons and if we do not maintain adequate sleep patterns, it can cause us even more stress. For instance, if we are suffering from insomnia and apnea during Thanksgiving and Christmas, we may be more fatigued than usual.
Depriving ourselves of sleep can leave us feeling grumpy or irritable and more easily annoyed than usual. Adding untreated sleep apnea to the mix can cause sleep deprivation practically every night. This can really affect our holiday spirit and how well we can enjoy the time spent with loved ones. It can actually also leave us more susceptible to the holiday blues.
Most people do not think being tired is a big deal and usually excuse it by saying things like, “I work too much, I have too many kids, I am getting old and on and on…” Not realizing every time you stop breathing and your body wakes you up, you start your sleep cycle again. Depending on the severity of your sleep apnea, you could be waking up dozens of times every hour that you are asleep. This results in remaining in the early, light stages of sleep, and you rarely, if ever, get the deep, quality sleep we all need.
- Without deep sleep, we feel sleep deprived.
- When we are sleep deprived, we are more easily agitated.
- Sleep deprivation can cause more risky consequencences such as daytime sleepiness. . Daytime sleepiness can be very frustrating and even embarrassing, such as being caught nodding off at work or in the middle of a conversation.
- Not to mention how dangerous it can be. People with untreated sleep apnea are more than twice as likely as other drivers to be involved in car accidents. Falling asleep behind the wheel is not just risky for you, those in the car with you but also for those driving around you.
Maybe we didn’t get to fix our sleep problems this year before the holidays and maybe we even inhibited a loved one from a sound deep, restful sleep due to our loud, constant snoring. It isn’t too late to give yourself and your family a gift that could last for many Christmases to come.
American Sleep Centers can help you with that gift!
All we do is SLEEP!
Everyone deserves great night’s sleep and the holiday’s can help us realize the necessity for our bodies and health to achieve optimal sleep. If you are suffering from lack of sleep or sleep apnea, please contact American Sleep Centers by calling 866-987-1611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a phone or in person consultation with one of our Board Certified Sleep Medicine Physicians.
At American Sleep Centers we are able to customize a treatment plan covered by insurance and put you on the path to get deep, quality sleep you need.
Let’s get your journey started and look forward to the huge change next Christmas will be for you and your family.