November 29, 2011

Less Sleep Can Get You Some Serious Health Problems

sleepIn this fast moving world, people are now giving more importance their social and work life rather then giving importance to their overall health and well being. Nowadays, people are all busy in making money while neglecting the fact that there are some other things that are of equal importance as well. There is competition between the people to get ahead of others in terms of financial status and in order to enhance and improve their financial status, many individual are now spending hectic and restless life. However, those individuals who are not taking proper rest and enough sleep are completely unaware of the fact that less sleep can cause them some serious health problems.

No matter how busy you are in making money, the general rule of the thumb is that, an individual should get a good sleep for at least 6 to 8 hours. According to the statements made by many famous physicians and scientists, it has been proven that if you are normal adult then you take some sleep for at least 6 to 8 hours on daily basis in order to safeguard yourself from different concerns because less sleep can get you some serious health problems in the near future.

With the help of different researches, it has been proven that the deep sleep have direct impact on person’s immune system. However, if you don’t take sufficient amount sleep then its effects will be of two kinds, first is the short term effects and second is the long term effects. Short term effects of improper sleep includes Drowsiness, Sudden mood swings, Loss of short term memory, Loss of decision, creative and motor skills, Loss of problem solving skills, Loss of concentration and etc. While on the other hand, long term effects includes Obesity/weight-gain, Premature aging, Exhaustion, fatigue, loss of energy, Increased risk of infections, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, gastrointestinal disease, Chronic memory loss, Depression and etc. There are some other health related issues also associated with the less sleep like heart problems and uncontrolled sugar levels.

As stated earlier that less sleep can get you serious health problems, recent researches in developed countries like USA and UK has been conducted and it has been proven that less sleep has direct impact on the following major functions of a human body:

• Brain and nervous system        • Cardiovascular system
• Metabolic functions                 • Immune system

Now, if you want to safeguard your body from some serious health problems because of the lack of sleep or improper sleeping schedules, you must make sure that you take at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep on daily basis.

Tips for Getting Better Sleep

sleepDo you have trouble falling asleep, or toss and turn in the middle of the night? Awaken too early, or find yourself not feeling refreshed in the morning? You are not alone: millions of people struggle with falling and staying asleep.

Unless you’re suffering from a serious sleep disorder, simply improving your daytime habits and creating a better sleep environment can set the stage for good sleep. By developing a good bedtime routine and designing a plan that works with your individual needs, you can avoid common pitfalls and make simple changes that bring you consistently better sleep.

Better Sleep Tips I: Improving your daytime habits

How can what you do during the day affect your sleep at night? Better sleep starts with good daytime habits, from when (and how often) you exercise to what you eat and drink.

Regular day exercise can help sleep

Regular exercise, aside from many other wonderful health benefits, usually makes it easier to fall asleep and sleep better. You don’t have to be a star athlete to reap the benefits– as little as twenty to thirty minutes of activity helps.  And you don’t need to do all 30 minutes in one session: break it up into five minutes here, ten minutes there.  A brisk walk, a bicycle ride or a run is time well spent. However, be sure to schedule your exercise in the morning or early afternoon. Exercising too late in the day actually stimulates the body, raising its temperature. That’s the opposite of what you want near bedtime, because a cooler body temperature is associated with sleep.  Don’t feel glued to the couch in the evening, though. Exercise such as relaxation yoga or simple stretching shouldn’t hurt.