Healthy Sleep

Healthy Sleep

How are you sleeping?

The minute my head hits the pillow, my body relaxes and my mind starts into overdrive and I am having trouble getting to sleep. Did you know the main cause of Insomnia is worry? I have a lot on my plate right now and that’s what I do, I worry when I finally have the time to rest.  Missing even one night of good sleep can cause you to have adverse issues.

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How much sleep do you need?

Most adults need 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.  If you find you are waking up several times during the night.  You probably are not going to feel rested in the morning.  And if you are not getting the needed 7 to 8 hours you can have actual physical health consequences.

Newborns       =       16 to 18 hours of sleep per day
Preschool Age       =       11 to 12 hours of sleep per day
School Age       =       10 hours of sleep per day
Teenagers       =       9 hours of sleep per day
Adults             =       7 to 8 hours of sleep per day

What are the benefits of a good night”s sleep?

With a good night’s sleep we are alert, happier and function better.  We all want our family and co-workers to have slept well.  No one wants to deal with irritable, moody people, who can’t focus and struggle to do their work.  A lack of sleep can lead to using poor judgment.  Everyone has heard someone say “Fine, let’s go with that, I am too tired to come up with another solution”.

Your body repairs and rejuvenates itself while it sleeps.  While you are sleeping you experience muscle growth, tissue repair, grow hormones are released and proteins are synthesized.

Improves immune function, adequate sleep increases your chances for healing.  When we are sick we are told to go to bed, this is good advice.  Your body fights infections best when you are at rest.

A good night’s sleep improves your ability to learn and retain information.  Your brain uses this time file information.  Getting the proper amount of sleep increases your memory capacity and your ability to learn.

Adequate sleep helps you avoid accidents and injuries.  When you are well rested you are alert and aware of your surroundings and less likely to have an accident that comes from the lack of focus.

A good night’s sleep helps you avoid:  Obesity, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease.  There is still a debate raging over whether these diseases affect sleep patterns or a lack of sleep helps bring about the disease.  At this time what is known is that there is a link between sleep and these specific diseases.

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What happens when you can’t sleep?

Bad Mood
If you are getting 4 ½ hours or less of sleep per night you are going to be irritable and grumpy at the le