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Discover The Shocking Truth About Sleep Debt And It's Effects

Jan 16, 2008
Don't ever cheat on your sleep. Sleep experts say adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for peak performance, general health and staying safe. If we don't get ample sleep, a sleep debt gets accumulated that can be difficult to "pay back".

Although as with any rule their are of course exceptions.If this debt becomes too big, it will be very difficult to pay back. This lack of payback will result in sleep deprivation, which is linked closely to health problems such as obesity and high blood pressure, negative moods and behavior issues, decreased productivity at work, and safety issues in the home, at work, and on the road.

Sleeping experts state that teens need at least 8.5 - 9.25 hours of sleep each night, in place of seven to nine hours each night for adults. A teens internal biological clock keeps them awake late till evening and leaves them fast asleep in the morning.

The leads to a problem faced by the school going children, who have to wake up at a time when their body wants to be asleep naturally, as most of the schools worldwide begin classes early in the morning. So, children reach school feeling too sleepy to learn, though it is not their fault at all they may be seen as lazy or lacking attention.

Studies reveal the relationship between the quantity and quality of one's sleep and a number of health problems. For example, insufficient sleep can affect growth hormone secretion that is linked with obesity. If the amount of hormone secretion decreases, weight gain increases as a result.

Blood pressure usually drops during the sleep cycle, lack of proper sleep can lead to hypertension, cardiovascular problems and fall of blood pressure long term. Research also infers that insufficient sleep impairs the body's ability to use insulin, which can lead to the onset of diabetes.Several scientific studies are now indicatating a direct link between poor quality or insufficient sleep and a number of other diseases and illnesses.

As you get older you require fewer hours of sleep. Sleep experts suggest seven to nine hours of sleep for the average adult is about right. Sleep patterns change as we age, but the amount of sleep generally does not that much. Older people may get up more often through night and have less night sleep, but their sleep need overall is no less than most younger adults.

Studies show that older people tend to sleep more during the day. Naps on a regular basis can be useful for boosting older peoples alertness as the day goes on.

A popular belief is that during sleep brain remains dormant. However this is not true,your brain never sleeps. During rest the body sleeps and the brain remains active and gets recharged, it also controls many functions of the body including breathing. While sleeping, we drift between two distinct sleep states - REM (rapid eye movement) and non-REM, in 90-minute cycles.

Non-REM sleep has four stages with distinct features, ranging from stage one drowsiness, when one can be easily awakened, to "deep sleep" stages three and four, when awakenings are more difficult and where the most positive and restorative effects of sleep occur. However, even in the deepest non-REM sleep, our minds can still process information.REM sleep is an active sleep where dreams occur, breathing and heart rate increases and become irregular, muscles relax and eyes move back and forth under the eyelids.

I have found that some days I find it really hard to slow down if I have had an especially hectic day as my mind keeps racing. When this happens I find a warm bath, relaxing music or self hypnosis works for me why not give it a try.
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