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Sleep Good Health And Happiness Is There A Connection?

Posted Dec 23 2009 7:02pm
Don’t ever cheat on your sleep. Sleep experts say adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for peak performance, general health and staying safe. If we don’t get ample sleep, a sleep debt gets accumulated that can be difficult to “pay back”.

The result of sleep deprivation has been linked to a number of health problems such as obesity and high blood pressure, negative mood and behavior, decreased productivity, and safety issues in the home, on the job, and on the road.

According to sleep experts, teens need at least 8.5 – 9.25 hours of sleep each night,compared to an average of seven to nine hours each night for most adults. Their internal biological clocks also keep them awake later in the evening and keep them sleeping later in the morning.

The leads to a problem faced by the school going children, who have to wake up at a time when their body wants to be asleep naturally, as most of the schools worldwide begin classes early in the morning. So, children reach school feeling too sleepy to learn, though it is not their fault at all they may be seen as lazy or lacking attention.

Studies have found a real relationship between the quantity and quality of one’s sleep and quite a number of health problems. For example, insufficient sleep is know to affect growth hormone secretion this is linked to obesity; as the amount of hormone secretion decreases, the chance for weight gain increases significantly.

Blood pressure usually drops during the sleep cycle, lack of proper sleep can lead to hypertension, cardiovascular problems and fall of blood pressure long term. Research also infers that insufficient sleep impairs the body’s ability to use insulin, which can lead to the onset of diabetes.Several scientific studies are now indicating a direct link between poor quality or insufficient sleep and a number of other diseases and illnesses.

As you get older you require fewer hours of sleep. Sleep experts suggest seven to nine hours of sleep for the average adult is about right. Sleep patterns change as we age, but the amount of sleep generally does not that much. Older people may get up more often through night and have less night sleep, but their sleep need overall is no less than most younger adults.

Because they may sleep less during the night, older people tend to sleep more during the day. Naps planned as part of a regular daily routine can be useful in promoting wakefulness after the person awakens often after meals or during the afternoon when the body is at it’s lowest.

Contrary to popular belief, your brain never actually sleeps. The body rests during sleep, however, the brain remains active, gets “recharged,” and still controls many body functions including breathing which is good thing of course. When we sleep, we typically drift between two sleep states, REM (rapid eye movement) and non-REM, in 90-minute cycles.

Non-REM sleep has four stages with distinct features, ranging from stage one drowsiness, when one can be easily awakened, to “deep sleep” stages three and four, when awakenings are more difficult and where the most positive and restorative effects of sleep occur. However, even in the deepest non-REM sleep, our minds can still process information.REM sleep is an active sleep where dreams occur, breathing and heart rate increases and become irregular, muscles relax and eyes move back and forth under the eyelids.

Some days when you have been rushing around or something is playing on your mind you’ll find it difficult to relax when you get to bed to sleep . I have often found a glass of warm milk whilst listening to relaxing music or a hypnosis audio helps me give it a try for yourself.

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