Some people find that they get a good night’s sleep almost every night without any trouble. Other people are envious because they have a lot of trouble and no matter what they do, sleep doesn’t come easy and it doesn’t last. It is essential that you get a good night’s sleep so your body’s energies can recharge.
When you sleep, your mind and body have time to rest and recharge energy so that the next day you can cope with every challenge that is thrown at you. If you don’t get sufficient sleep, your body is like a battery that is slowly running out of power, and even the smallest of tasks can seem harder to do.
Not only that, but if you don’t get good quality sleep, your immune system can become damaged. Your white blood cell count can greatly diminish, which means you can’t fight viruses and bacteria as easily as you normally would. It is easier to get sick with colds, flu and other respiratory ailments in your weakened state.
According to the National Sleep Foundation’s surveys conducted between 1999 and 2004, over 40 million Americans have at least one of the 70+ different sleep disorders that currently exist. Their statistics also reveal the fact that over 60% of adults and 69% of children have sleep problems more than half the time. Furthermore, 29% of the people involved in the study have admitted to feeling sleepy or even actually falling asleep while at work.
Everyone has an internal biological clock which helps to regulate when you feel tired. Light is the main trigger. When it’s daytime, you feel awake and alert and when it is dark, you feel like you should go to sleep.
Several studies have proved this through tests where the researchers have changed the daylight and darkness, monitoring the effects. By altering the surrounding conditions, they can make people sleep during the day and stay awake at night. However, this study was only held over a short period so as not to confuse the participants’ biological clocks.
If you don’t get any sleep for a period of 24 hours, your brain’s functions can quickly reduce. Memory, concentration, judgment and reflex actions are all impaired if you don’t get enough sleep to “recharge your batteries.”
If you lack sleep, your body becomes stressed. Your blood pressure can increase and stress hormones multiply too. This increases the risk of strokes and heart attacks and, unfortunately, if you’re stressed, that also makes it harder to sleep.
One study revealed that people who were overweight tended to sleep less than those who were of average weight. Although studies have yet to learn what this correlation means, they have stated that a good night’s sleep is always necessary for good health.
There are many techniques that you can use to improve the quality of your sleep. Speak to your doctor if you need extra ideas and don’t be afraid to try new things if it means that you get to enjoy a decent night’s sleep.