Just how important is sleep? Let us just say that lack of it can literally kill you. Adults need an average of 7-9 hours of sleep to be able to stay healthy and productive. On average about 40% of adults do not get enough sleep and this blows them wide open for a variety of short-term health risks and long-term complications. Not having enough sleep can severely impair your judgment in the same way as being drunk will do or even worse. Sleep deprivation can cause hallucinations among other things. Not getting enough sleep for a week will tend for you to develop these symptoms. Anxiety will be at the top of the list, you become jittery and your mood will become unstable. You will be experiencing drowsiness, forgetfulness, difficulty in concentrating, difficulty in having to stay alert. Furthermore, your performance at work and at school will be severely diminished.
Again, not getting enough sleep is linked with many chronic diseases and conditions. Diabetes, Obesity, Heart Diseases and clinical depression chief among them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that insufficient sleep is a public health issue of epidemic proportions. Sleep affects our physical and mental health more than any diet or exercise do.
Sleep health is a relatively new field of research and it focuses on how we sleep and the many things that influence it. This branches out to sleep aids for those that have sleeping disorders. Already there are solid links between a good night’s sleep and improved overall health benefits. Basically, a good sleep hygiene routine is what is needed for a regular sleep pattern to be established. What these are are a series of healthy habits that can improve your body’s ability to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep for the duration of the rest period and wake up refreshed and regenerated. To give you an idea of how “young” this field is, scientists have only begun looking at sleep about 70 years ago. “deep” sleep and REM ( Rapid Eye Movement) sleep are two very different processes but BOTH play very important roles in our brain’s processing of information.
These go beyond the all too common “Sleeping Pills” sure they work but there is a huge difference between just sleeping and a restful and deep sleep. We have Melatonin, a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain that regulates our Circadian Cycle and pattern and we also have what is called the GABA receptors. People ask best medication for anxiety and the information really is being continuously studied. GABA is short for Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid and is also produced by our brain. A deficiency in GABA will cause you to lose sleep and be prone to anxiety attacks. If you are GABA deficient, taking a gaba receptor agonist drug will address the deficiency. Having sufficient and normal GABA in your brain will dramatically improve your mood and improve your sleeping pattern, affecting your Circadian Cycle and restoring it to balance. It is very important to recognize that taking naps are important to your overall productivity and mental health.