How Insomnia Affects Your Physical Health

How Insomnia Affects Your Physical Health

Not getting enough sleep at night leaves you feeling wiped out and low-energy. And, not being able to get to sleep at night can be a frustrating experience. If you have chronic insomnia, meaning that you regularly struggle to fall or stay asleep, you’re probably all too familiar with these problems.

But, did you know that insomnia can seriously impact your physical health and wellness over time? Insomnia isn’t just an inconvenience. At Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates, LLC, of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, our team of psychiatric and mental health specialists understands this, and are ready to help.

Dr. Ronald P. Winfield and the Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates, team take insomnia seriously. After understanding how many ways insomnia affects your physical health, so will you!

How insomnia affects your body

Chronic insomnia can harm both your physical and mental health. Here are some of the ways that insomnia can damage your body, or lead to physical health complications:

Energy levels

Fatigue follows insomnia like day follows night. Without sufficient sleep, your whole body feels fatigued. You might be more prone to trips, falls, and unintentional naps as a result of insomnia-caused low energy. Overall, chronic insomnia can actually shorten your lifespan due to these effects.

Concentration

At a physiological level, your brain needs sleep to function. Insomnia can result in trouble with concentration, memory, and increased errors, as your brain struggles to get by without the rest you need. You don’t want to make a crucial error when driving due to daytime sleepiness, or you could end up suffering from real physical harm.

Metabolism

Your metabolism governs the pace at which physical processes like digestion take place. Your metabolism can be thrown off by extended periods of insufficient rest, leading to issues with eating, digestion, weight gain, and more. Obesity and increased risk of diabetes and hypertension are just a few examples of the negative long-term impacts on your health.

Immunity

When you aren’t getting enough sleep, your immune system stops being able to react to invading germs with full strength. You might notice that you catch colds and other contagious illnesses more frequently if you’re struggling with insomnia.

Your provider at Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates can help you to fully understand all of the ways your sleep problems have been impacting your health.

Addressing your insomnia

Once you understand the wide-ranging effects of insomnia, it’s time to figure out how to restore your rest and help you get the sleep you need for physical and mental health and wellness.

At Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associate, we offer a range of treatment options to effectively deal with insomnia. Depending on your condition and unique treatment needs, you may benefit from treatments, therapies, and interventions like:

Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates is also the only practice in the Merrimack Valley offering transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). TMS therapy using magnetic energy to transform your brain may be helpful if your insomnia is connected to underlying depression.

For the support you need to reclaim your rest and recover from the physical effects of insomnia, contact Dr. Winfield and the rest of the Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates today. You can schedule your initial consultation appointment by calling now, or request an appointment online.

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