Suggestion Sunday: Get More Sleep
by Brittanyf on May 22, 2011 at 08:20 PM EDT

 

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After waking up from a wonderful Sunday nap, I figured that I should write about the importance of sleep. Something that we all too often don’t get enough off. Personally, my body has gotten use to having about 5 hours or sleep, but when I don’t get those five I tend to be VERY grouchy. The average adult needs at least 8 hours of sleep per night. I don’t think I have gotten 8 hours since I had a bedtime in middle school.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, at least 40 million Americans have sleep disorders. I guess I am not alone. Our brains need sleep so that we can remember things, be attentive and focus, and think. These are important for working men and woman. I don’t think your employer wants your lack of sleep to hold their company back. Your body needs sleep to keep functioning, to recover from injury and sickness, to have energy, and to feel rejuvenated for the day ahead of you. Five-hour energy shots, Monsters, Red Bulls, and other energy won’t help your body get the essential things that sleep does.

We all know that doesn’t always allow us to sleep as much as we want, but times you have to put your priories in order and get some zzzzzzzzz’s.

Harvard Medical School performed sleep research and came up with six suggest to get enough sleep.

The Harvard Women’s Health Watch suggests six reasons to get enough sleep:

  1. Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.
  2. Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.
  3. Safety: Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime. These lapses may cause falls and mistakes such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and road accidents.
  4. Mood: Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.
  5. Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.
  6. Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.

Information was compiled from http://www.health.harvard.edu/ and http://www.apa.org/

 

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  • http://twitter.com/theownerz Gregory Laporte

     sleep is great!

  • http://gamerfitnation.com BlackBible

     YES I need this LOL 

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