Saturday, January 18, 2014

Is Sleep Important to you?

While more research is required to explore the links between chronic sleep loss and health, it's safe to say that sleep is too crucial to shortchange.

These are some reasons to get enough sleep:

Learning and memory: Sleep aids the brain in committing fresh information to memory with a process known as memory consolidation. In studies, individuals who'd slept after learning a task did better on tests afterwards.

Metabolic process and weight: Chronic sleep loss might cause weight gain by impacting the way our bodies process and stack away carbs, and by shifting levels of hormones that impact our appetite. 

Safety: Sleep debt leads to a greater tendency to nod off during the day. These lapses might cause falls and errors like medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and car accidents.

Mood: Sleep loss might result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep may likewise leave you too tired to do the things you love to do.

Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been related to high blood pressure, increased stress hormone levels, and atypical heartbeat.

Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body's killer cells. Getting enough sleep may likewise help fight cancer.

To evaluate your sleep shortage, ask yourself:

Am I frequently tired?

Am I utilizing caffeine to get through the day?

Do I sleep well?

Do I wake up feeling invigorated?

Do I become drowsy while driving or watching television?

If you're having severe sleep issues, see your physician, especially if you have trouble more than 3 nights a week for a month. Your doctor may check whether your sleep problems are caused by some underlying health issue, like depression or a thyroid disorder, and may help with a treatment plan or referral to a sleep specialist.

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