100, 99, 98, 97 … 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … and let’s start counting those sheep all over again.
Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep? You’re not alone. Most of us have experienced occasional insomnia but for some people, lack of sleep is a chronic issue.
Every once in a while probably won’t cause any problems, but when it’s a nightly occurence, insomnia can lead to a number of physical and mental health issues.
What can happen if you have chronic insomnia
- Increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Lower performance on the job or at school
- Slowed reaction time while driving and higher risk of accidents
- Weight gain
- Substance abuse
- Weakened immune system
- Memory impairment
What the brain does when you’re sleeping
Exactly what happens during sleep that is so important to our brain function is still a scientific mystery.