Why Good Night’s Sleep Works Wonders?
“ Good Night…Sweet Dreams”!!
How often have you heard this common place utterance and probably said it to others. Dig deeper and realize for yourself, the significance and the medical relevance of this wish and a good night’s sleep. A weary and tired body is aching for rest and sleep provides just that.
What is Sleep?
When one is awake, the eyes blink automatically and routinely. However, when one is asleep all voluntary movements or sensory activities get inhibited and the body adjusts itself to a new rhythm called Rapid Eye Movement (REM)where the body goes into a state of virtual paralysis. It is in this state , called the anabolic state, where the tissues that have been damaged during the course of day activity, get repaired and so It is rejuvenation time!!!
The Sleep Matrix. Stages and How much?
Sleeping, normally follows a pattern .Stage 1, is normally when you toss and turn, followed by Stage 2, when drowsiness creeps in and one gets disengaged with the body. Stage 3 is when sleep conquers and the restorative process setsin ,charting a different path for body , now in complete rest, transporting it to the world of dreams .
Normally questioned, how much sleep is necessary?
This is age and medical condition- related and hence varies. For youngsters, 8-9 hours sleep seems to be the accepted norm. For elders, some 7-8 hours is considered adequate. For diabetics , less than 4-6 hours sleep for a continuous period of a week or so can cause aggravation.
How Does Sleep Benefit?
From the anabolic benefits of tissue repair, good sleep lowers heart risk, is helpful for diabetics, releases hormones, improves appetite enhances productivity and augments the power of concentration.
Sleep deprivation conversely leads to lethargy, depression, damage through inflammation to the digestive system and obesity, as it results in increased appetite. Studies reveal that 90% children and 50% adults become obese when good sleep is lost.
Conditions such as sleep apnoea where one tends to wake –up gasping for breath can acquire serious dimensions warranting medical intervention.
Go to Sleep By
Avoiding alcohol it only has a sedative quality which is not sleep.
Avoiding caffeine as it is a stimulant and works against sleep.
Avoiding use of electronics, especially the television, which should be switched off at least an hour before turning in.
Some healthy sleep tips:
De-stress. Try a warm water bath. Get a soft blue light going in the room and REALX.
Sleep deprivation causes various forms of insomnia, such as behavioral insomnia manifesting as problem from childhood or idiopathic insomnia , which ascribes itself to a mental disorder. But the upshot is that these conditions crave attention. Do not ignore them.
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