Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Get Enough Sleep for Your Health

Sleep is a natural state of bodily rest. Children need a greater amount of sleep per day than adults to develop and function properly. A recent survey found that more people are sleeping less than six hours a night, and sleep difficulties visit 75% of us at least a few nights per week. A short-lived bout of insomnia is nothing to worry about. But one should be aware when the chronic sleep loss occurs because it can contribute the heath problems such as weight gain, high blood pressure, and a decrease in immune system’s power, reports the Harvard Women’s Health Watch.

Here are the six reasons why one should get enough sleep:
  1. Sleep is good for learning and memory.

Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on the test.

  1. Sleep is good for 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.

  1. Sleep affects our mood.

Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness.

  1. Sleep for safety.

Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the day time. This is dangerous because these lapses may cause falls and mistakes such as road accidents, and mishaps.

  1. Sleep is good for cardiovascular health.

Sleep disorder have been linked to hypertension, increased stess, and irregular heartbeat.

  1. Enough sleep may also fight cancer.

Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cell.

By the way, I like to watch my kids sleeping. They seemed so peaceful in their own sleeping styles. If they get enough sleep they will spend the day cheerfully. Let’s get enough sleep!


love ely said...

Oh...all babies already dreaming now. Nice advice.

Tony said...

pengennnn tidur seperti itu :D

ComInfo Technology said...

Having enough sleep is very important. But unfortunately, I myself often stay up late.

indonesiadua said...

duh, damainya klo liat anak2 tidur seperti itu, seperti malaikat kecil :)

momzeebitz said...

If only I can do this even for a single day, i surely would! Too bad, really have bad sleeping habits... Thanks for the tips though! Am looking forward for more posts from you... am just a click away!