THE ESSENCE OF A GOOD SLEEP
Nature gives life and we live life through various cyclic activities. When you eat, you get hungry soon after. When you exercise, you get tired. When you lose water, you get thirsty. Similarly, after going through daily activities, nature gives you an opportunity to recover from stress and unease replenishing a state of rest once again. This is made possible by sleep.
There’s a complex cluster of about 20,000 nerves located within a small area in the hypothalamus (part of the brain that controls hormone secretions as well as involuntary bodily functions). This area seems to control the circadian clock within our brain with alterations as night approaches. This prompts us as humans that it’s time to go to bed.
Ever wondered how sleep could be very therapeutic? Well, during sleep most of our tissues are no longer active, this creates an anabolic system which helps rebuild worn out tissues, restoring immune cells and regenerating impaired nerves.
Sleeplessness alters endocrine activity. Neurotransmitters (norepinephrine, serotonin and histamine) are turned off during sleep allowing receptors in the brain to retain their sensitivity when awake. This increases one’s ability to learn and think efficiently.
Consolidation (strengthening of long term memory) is very effective during sleep this allows skills and lessons that were learnt while awake remain imprinted through protein synthesis and structural change.
“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” – Thomas Dekker
Sleep refreshes the brain inducing sharpness and a higher cognitive function as well as enhancing a normal physiologic brain function.
Generally, human beings are created to withstand about 16 hours of wakefulness requiring about 8 hours of sleep daily.
As said by Dalai Lama, “Sleep is the best medication.” I encourage you to take a positive step into improving your sleep pattern. This will save you more money years to come.
POSITIVE EFFECTS OF SLEEP
- Strong immune function
- Attention efficiency
- Improved cardiovascular function
- Improved learning ability
- Improved life expectancy rate
- Improved daily activity
- Early recovery from pain and inflammation
RISKY CONSEQUENCES OF SLEEPLESSNESS
- Road accidents
- Weight gain
- Decrease libido
- Type II Diabetes Miletus
- High blood pressure
- Early aging