February 9 2011
Difficulty in dropping off to sleep, sleeping fitfully, wakefulness during the night; these are just a couple of the more than 80 recorded sleep problems that exist. What is stressing is that almost 30% of the population can not get to sleep, or have too little sleep so often that it becomes ‘regular’ for them. Obviously there are physical discomforts that can end up being obstacles to good sleep such as the temperature level of the room, feeling sick, pain, sound. There are others such as changing of the clock like with jet lag.
Our bodies follow a “circadian rhythm”, which is an approximate 24-hour period in our internal body clock and is necessary in controlling sleep patterns, body temperature, hormonal agent activity, cell regeneration and brain wave activity. We understand the common signs of lack of sleep, which are exhaustion and lack of concentration throughout the day, however there are others that are less well known. Insufficient sleep can increase weight gain and lead to hypertension.
When you regularly go with inadequate sleep, your body immune system is suppressed so you can become more susceptible to health problems and take longer to eliminate them off. In addition your body produces less development hormone, which combats ageing. A tension action is triggered which affects capillary in the skin which again adds to ageing. Having too little sleep can impact how long you live.
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