A Lack of Hydration Can Adversely Affect Your Sleep

A Lack of Hydration Can Adversely Affect Your Sleep

Many people battle daily with chronic fatigue, as a result of not having enough good quality sleep. This can be caused by a number of factors, but many people don’t know that sleep can be affected by your water intake. The consumption of quality water from a ceramic water dispenser or another source has been highlighted a great deal in recent years. However, some people still don’t drink enough water, and this lack of hydration can cause a feeling of general fatigue and your body’s ability to rest.

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How Much Water Should We Be Drinking?

The exact amount of fluid can vary depending on your size, age, body type, fitness and activity levels. However, as a rule of thumb, most experts agree that we should be drinking at least 2 litres of water each day. Pregnant women tend to need more along with people that live in hotter climes. If you are in doubt, there are many hydration calculators available online; that will help you to work out your exact requirements.

How Important is Water to Rest?

You may be surprised to learn, that chronic dehydration is the top cause of fatigue during the day. A loss of 2% of body weight in fluids can result in a both a decline in mental acuity and a 25% reduction in physical ability. A recent study showed that almost 75% of Australians are dehydrated to a chronic degree. Obviously, this is a very real problem, and if you are feeling very tired during the day, it may be time to up your water intake.

So How Does This Affect Sleep?

When your body is chronically dehydrated, the body has a reduced amount of amino acids present. Essential amino acids, are required to produce melatonin which is a natural chemical, that you body produces in your pineal gland. Melatonin is linked to the cycles of the natural circadian rhythm, which forms your body’s sleeping and waking routine. When you’re dehydrated, you’re blocking the production of melatonin, and you will find it harder to fall asleep and wake up. When your sleep is disrupted in this way, it is extremely difficult to get the deep quality REM sleep that your body needs.

Why Do People Not Drink Enough Water?

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Despite a great deal of evidence, many people find it quite difficult to drink adequate amounts of water. Here are a few of the main reasons why this occurs. Firstly, we don’t tend to be proactive with our water drinking; we wait until we feel thirsty and as such we are already dehydrated. Secondly, we find in our busy lives that it is hard to remember to drink water, in an ever decreasing cycle we forget to drink, become dehydrated, less alert and more likely to forget to drink water. Lastly, there is a lot of competition in the form of sugary drinks and beverages that people drink when they should be drinking healthy water.

If they are interested in a ceramic water dispenser, Perth residents should contact us. We have a wide variety of water products available including our fantastic ceramic water dispenser. Why not get in touch with us or call in for a visit and we will be happy to offer advice on the best water solutions to suit your needs.