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How can disturbed sleep affect my health?

If you have poor or disturbed sleep night after night, you may begin to notice your health getting worse. If you have arthritis, symptoms such as pain may disrupt your sleep.

Several of your body's functions are influenced by sleep:

  • Your body clock is controlled by your sleep pattern.
  • Many different hormones are affected by sleep. For example, steroid hormones are at their highest level when you wake up and lowest before you go to sleep, so taking steroid tablets later in the day can affect your body clock and may disrupt your sleep.

If your body clock is altered by a change in your sleep pattern (for example, if you have jet lag), you may feel generally unwell and experience:

  • fatigue 
  • stomach problems
  • headaches.

You may also find it difficult to think clearly, concentrate or carry out normal activities such as driving.

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