Sleep, something many of us seem to have a lack of as we grow older and generally moan about the fact too.
The question is why do we sleep and why is it so important?
Sleep plays an integral role in our health and wellbeing throughout life, getting sufficient quality sleep at the right times can help to protect both mental and physical health.Our waking mood reflects our sleep pattern. During sleep our body's are working hard to maintain and repair whilst working hard to support a healthy brain function - in children and teens sleep also helps to support growth and development.
Sleep deficiency can have catastrophic effects, perhaps causing accidents by slowing thinking and reaction times, or it can have a more long term detrimental effect.
An ongoing lack of sleep can increase the risk for some chronic health problems, affect relationships and have an adverse affect on how we learn.
Many are unaware of the impact of sleep on our physical health...sleep contributes to the healing and repair of the heart and blood vessels. Continued sleep deprivation is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
Research has also shown there to be an increase in the risk of obesity, this is possibly because sleep helps to maintain and a healthy balance of the hormones ghrelin and leptin (your hungry and full hormones).
The level of ghrelin goes up when we have insufficient sleep and the leptin levels decrease - this in turn makes us feel hungrier than when we are well rested.
In addition, sleep also affects
There are many factors that can affect the quality of your sleep, here are just a few...
Handy hints to a better nights sleep
For many people, the poor sleep cycle becomes ever decreasing and can cause high levels of stress.
Hypnosis, a heightened state of relaxation is reached naturally throughout the day. Firstly when we wake from sleep (hypnopompic) and when we are falling asleep (hypnogogic) - it is also a natural occurrence during the day.
Ever had one of those moments when you don't recall how you got from A to B, or have 'zoned out' watching the television?
Believe it or not this is all a state of hypnosis - like I said, a natural state.
More than exercise, diet and wealth, science has shown that sleep is the most important factor to our physical and mental wellbeing.
Sleep deficiency results in a higher than normal blood sugar level, which may increase your risk for diabetes