Fingernails Tell if a Person is Experiencing Health Issues

Many are not aware that their fingernails can exhibit signs of poor health when certain changes transpire as symptoms of an undiagnosed underlying condition. Stress is a common health issue that can affect nails. People who are stressed out, often lack sleep that prevents their body from entering a relaxed phase. As a result, their cells are unable to repair, regenerate and reinvigorate.

Just like the skin and hair, the fingernails will undergo changes that indicate they are not receiving the care and attention they could have received during the sleep period.

How Does Stress Affect the Fingernails

To stay strong and healthy, nails must receive enough nutrients like protein, iron, magnesium, zinc and silica. Even if these nutrients are part of one’s diet, a stressed condition makes it difficult for the body to absorb them. Now if the pressures of stress affect the quality of sleep, the fingernails are likely to suffer. The nail cells not only have insufficient nutrients to use, but also have little time to carry out the repair and regeneration functions.

A constantly stressed condition could lead to chronic sleep deprivation or insomnia, which over time will lead to poor mental and physical health. If so, the nails would start changing in color, develop streaks and ridges or could even shred. . .

Symptoms of Stress and Chronic Sleep Deprivation Exhibited by the Fingernails

There are several indicators that stress, as a root of chronic sleep deprivation is having adverse effects on your health. Changes in the fingernails may not be as noticeable as those manifested by the skin and hair, but it’s important to be wary of transformations not only on the physical appearance of fingernails but also of a person’s behavior.
Nail biting, or onychophagia;

  • Non-growing fingernails
  • Nail color or discolorations of either the entire nail or dark streaks appearing under the nail
  • Separation of the nail from the nail bed;
  • Curled nails
  • Unexplained bleeding around the nails,
  • Thickening or thinning of the nails
  • Inflammation or swelling of areas around the nails.

How to Overcome Chronic Sleep Deprivation or Insomnia

Insomnia and chronic sleep deprivation are not mental health issues but symptoms of another health condition that must be assessed by a qualified medical practitioner. A doctor or psychiatrist may recommend some form of sleeping aid or therapy to help a person improve the quality of his or her sleep,

While some people can fall asleep fast enough after a stressful day, others find it difficult to fall asleep fast and soundly. In some cases, a person with insomnia wakes up in the middle of a sleep cycle and will find it hard to go back to sleep.

Problems that have been inflicting stress pressures on his mind and body, will re-enter his or her thoughts and prevent any chances of completing a full night’s sleep.

Consider Reading a Deep Sleep Manual

Actually, there’s a so-called deep sleep manual that furnishes information about various approaches on how to get sleep fast. The recommendations include steps as simple as preparing one’s bedroom in ways that will make the sleeping environment conducive for rest and relaxation.

Another step is to practice breathing techniques involving proven inhaling and breath-holding practices that can help the body relax and eventually fall asleep.

The use of a military strategy, which those in the military service practice when having trouble falling asleep. The technique includes relaxing the muscles in the face, shoulders, arms, and the sternum down to the thighs and legs.

Once the body is in a relaxed state, focus on clearing one’s thoughts for about ten seconds and thereafter strive to focus on a calmer or serene image. Do this step of training the mind not to think of the stress-causing issue, to be able to fall asleep or go back to sleep quickly.