Sleep helps the brain function properly by resetting it each time you sleep. As a consequence, not getting enough good quality sleep can have serious health effects. Simply put, if your brain doesn’t undergo reset on a regular basis, it risks overheating. As an example, brain-overheating due to lack of sleep can lead to fatigue, decreased energy, irritability, and problems focusing. Which in turn over time, can lead to a chronic sleep disorder.
Sleep disorders often lead to serious chronic health problems, resulting in mental and physical stress. Consequently, affecting your everyday life and the wellbeing of people around you. As stated by sleep experts – suffering from a sleep disorder means having problems with quality, timing, and quantity of sleep. The most common sleep disorders are narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and insomnia. Above all, insomnia is the one affecting most people.
Microsleep, or nodding off momentarily, while driving is a leading cause of car crashes every year. More so than driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. But what exactly causes microsleeps and how to prevent episodes?