Saturday, April 12, 2008
A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP!
Why sleeping is good for you?
Sleep is one of the most fundamental functions of life. It lets the body rest, and restores its energy level.The age of cable tv, 24 hour convenience stores, internet and graveyard shift workers has produced a culture of sleep-deprived citizens who consider sleeping as a waste of valuable time and money.
There are different researches that has done to explain why sleep is good for you.
OUr body clock, also called circadian clock, is our inner time-keeping, temperature-fluctuating, enzyme-controlling device that sends us messages that it's time to rest and turns-off many of the bodily processes that make us feel awake.
Sleep help us grow. Important hormone production is regulated during sleep. The skin also benefits from good sleeping habits because tissue repair occurs during snoozing.
When we sleep, blood flow is redirected more to our muscles than our brains, restoring physical energy.
In sleep, we process emotions, retain memories and relieve stress. The brain processes the day, making connections between events, feelings and memories - helping you remember things better.
Research also shows that immune functions increase during deep sleep.
Worsening of blood pressure and cholesterol is attributed to lack of sleep, increasing the likelihood of heart disease and stroke.
But some people find it hard getting a good sleep.
One in four people suffers from a stress-related sleep disorder. These disorders fall into three categories:
* Transient Insomia, which usually lasts from between 3 to 4 days.
* Short-term Insomia, which lasts from 7 to 14 days.
* Chronic Insomia, which lasts for 3 weeks or more.
Whether you have an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, sleeping pills are not the only solution.
Tips or a good night Sleep:
1. Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine for at least 2 hours before going to bed. A mug of warm milk at bedtime will help send you to sleep.
2. Try to eat sleep-inducing foods such as bananas, figs, dates, yoghurt, tuna, wholegrain crackers and nuts. Avoid sugar, cheese, chocolate, potatoes, pork, spinach and tomatoes at bedtime.
3. Keep your bedroom well ventilated and comfortably cool. Place orchids or aloe vera - plants which produce more oxygen at night - in bedrooms.
If everything else fails try to read books or change your positon in bed these will give you new way to stretch your body and new things to look at. Because we always tend to sleep at the same area and position in bed, seeing the same thing and we get to used of that which might lead to boredom and then sleeplessness.
So Have a good night sleep tippers!