WHY IS SLEEP SO VERY IMPORTANT?
Are you getting a good night’s sleep?
Getting enough sleep has an important role in your well-being and health throughout your life. Quality sleep can help protect your physical health, mental health, and quality of life.1
If you are always irritable, cranky, cannot concentrate well, and lack energy when you are awake, a major part of your disposition problems can be put down to not enough sleep. During sleep your body works to support brain function, maintaining physical health by lowering the risk of diseases like heart problems, hypertension, diabetes, and stroke.2
Children and teens also benefit from good sleep, which helps to support growth, development, and promotes concentration abilities.3
Sleep is necessary for healthy brain function
Studies have shown that quality sleep improves learning whether you are school, college, at the top of your job, or being taught how to drive a car.4 A good night’s sleep enhances paying attention skills, improves decision-making, and gives you the confidence to control your emotions.
If you do not sleep well, or wake up throughout the night, when you get up in the morning, you may feel as if you have not slept at all. Your brain might be foggy, and your reactions very slow.
This could cause a problem if you were driving and there was an emergency where you had to brake suddenly to avoid an accident. If you are not as alert as you should be, an accident could easily take place.
There is another area worth mentioning which is beneficial to the brain when you get a good night’s sleep. Scientists have now proved that Amyloid proteins which are linked to Alzheimer’s disease, get removed from the brain when you sleep well.5
Brain imaging has shown that people who regularly have nights of interrupted sleep, have a serious build-up of these proteins, thus raising the risk of Alzheimer’s.6
Some common causes of sleep disorders and disruptions
It is estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from numerous types of sleep disorders, and many report having problems at least 4 or 5 nights per week.7
Here are just a few issues:
- Stress is universally the number one cause of bad sleep. It could be job-related, family problems, financial hassles, or even a death in the family.
- Working on mentally intense issues just before going to bed.
- Exercising close to bedtime.
- Drinking caffeine-containing beverages in the late afternoon or evening.
- Environmental factors such as a too hot or too cold bedroom, an uncomfortable bed, and sleep habits of your partner like snoring or excessive moving around.
- Physical problems such as chronic pain or medications can also be a barrier to sleep.
- Hormonal imbalances are known to cause massive sleep problems. Falling levels of estrogen or testosterone totally cause havoc with sleep patterns. Women seem to be more vulnerable due to menopause and childbirth issues.
- Children and family members can be major disruptions in your sleep patterns.
- Traffic or noise from neighbors are other factors which disturb sleep.
Researchers have noted that after a few nights of losing sleep, even if only for 1 or 2 hours at a time, the ability to function suffers, and is as if you have had no sleep at all for a couple of days.8
Daytime consequences of sleep deficiency
Poor sleep patterns can affect people, not only on a personal level, but also those in all lines of employment, particularly those in control of vehicles, and many who deal directly with the public.8
Here are some occupations which may be affected by lack of sleep:
- The US National Highway Safety Administration (NHSA) has estimated that driver sleepiness is a factor in approximately 100,000 vehicle accidents in the US per year, many of which are fatal or result in debilitating injuries.
- Health Care. The lives and well-being of patients are in the hands of healthcare workers – doctors, practitioners, and nurses alike. Just a slight loss of focus from poor sleep may result in poor decision making which could endanger a patient’s life.
- There have been many devastating aircraft accidents which have cost many lives. After intensive investigations, many the accidents have been attributed to pilot error, even of those who are highly qualified and have much experience. Could fatigue from chronic lack of sleep be the culprit of so many lives lost?
- A lawyer’s mind should be sharp and focused day in and day out. Sleep deprivation can negatively affect service to a client.
- Mechanics and technicians must constantly be on the top of their game to do a good job. Feeling sleepy could lead to costly mistakes.
These are just some of the areas which can be affected by a lack of sleep but it encompasses the entire sphere of life – no matter who you are, or what you do.
Ways to improve sleeping habits 9, 10
- Keep a regular sleep and wake schedule which will get your body into a harmonious cycle via the subconscious mind.
- Don’t eat a big meal or drink alcohol late at night. The digestive system may go into overdrive and keep you awake.
- Do not smoke close to bedtime, and especially not if you wake during the night. Nicotine is a stimulant.
- Get regular exercise which helps to relieve stress that can keep you awake at night.
- Consider some natural supplements that help the body relax and release tension. Studies have shown that magnesium and the B vitamins in sufficient quantities can help to promote good sleep.
- Sometimes poor sleeping patterns can be nothing more than bad habits which have built up over time. If you can pinpoint any bad habits, then by the same token you can work to break them, and have a good chance of achieving good sleep.
We can help
When hormones spike or drop, the resulting imbalance can sow chaos in proper sleep patterns.
We, at Renew Health and Wellness, can help restore hormone balance by means of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, which makes use of natural hormones that have the identical molecular structure as the hormones in the body.
This treatment is less likely to have any harmful side effects, which the conventional hormone replacement therapy using chemically manufactured hormones, is prone to have.
For more information on the BHRT system, contact us at www.renewmetoday.com to the take the free hormone health test, and see how we can help you.