Need More Sleep?

9 January, 2013

Need More Sleep? The Facts On Sleeping Disorders

 

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Why Do We Need Sleep?

11 July, 2011

“Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” Thomas Dekker – The Guls Horne Book, 1609

The conundrum has baffled scientists for years, but researchers are still not clear about the details of the function of sleep.  Some believe that it is an energy-saving device, built into our DNA.  But in truth, a night’s sleep only saves us about 50kCal, so the effects on energy consumption are negligible.

What is clear is that while we sleep, a great deal of repair and brain development goes on.  Sleep is vital for maintaining normal levels of cognitive skills such as memory and speech.  Growth hormone is also secreted while we sleep, triggering protein synthesis, the repair and restoration of muscle and other tissues.

Interestingly, in dream sleep, the brain is actually very active.  Whilst we are not sure what function dreams play, it is possible that they serve to reorganize and order information that has been harvested by the brain during the day.

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The key to happiness. Get enough sleep.

8 July, 2011

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”  from “Poor Richard’s Almanack,” first published by Benjamin Franklin in 1732

If you are looking for increased happiness, as well as more optimism, joy, peace of mind and a greater sense of well-being, your first step should be to get more sleep.

Dr Andrew McCulloch, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said in a statement: “Whilst great emphasis is rightly placed on the importance of diet and exercise, sleep has for too long been neglected as a major influence on the physical and mental health of the nation.

The fact is that most of us don’t get enough sleep.  The pressures of modern life, along with constant exposure to television, email, social networking sites and 24 hour shopping have left us sleep-deprived and often with a general feeling of malaise.

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How better sleep can bring you a better life

1 July, 2011

“O Sleep, rest of all things, mildest of the gods, balm of the soul…” Metamorphoses by Ovid (Iris to Hypnos ).

 

Are you spending too much time awake when you should be sleeping?  I did for many years before making some better decisions in my life.  Now I can honestly say that I enjoy a whole new way of living:  I feel sharper, my relationships are great, I’m on track to KO my financial goals, and I’ve never felt as fit.  But it wasn’t always like that.

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