Sleep - Holistic Of Health

Sleep

Sleep is an essential factor for all living organisms, it is as important as water, oxygen, and food. While you sleep, your mind reduces your responsive time, putting you in a state of consciousness. Our body goes through different processes when we are sleeping. It is a vital and natural process that allows the body to rest, repair, and restore.

healthy sleep
healthy sleep

Some psychological processes that occur during sleep are memory repair and hormone regulation. It is a state of rest in which the reduced body’s sensory condition and the following essentials of sleep are given below:

  • Emotional health
  • Physical health
  • Hormonal balance
  • Cognitive function (It occurs when you have difficulty remembering things and solving different problems.)

 

Stages of sleep

Typically, there are two main phases to the human sleep cycle.

  • Rapid Eye Movements Sleep
  • Non-rapid eye movement sleep

 

Rapid Eye Movements Sleep

This stage of Rapid Eye Movement(REM) sleep is important because your mind is fully active while your eyes are rapidly moving. This is important for creating new memories, and dreaming occurs in this phase of sleep.

 

Non-rapid Eye Movement Sleep

Your muscles relax during Non-rapid eye movement sleep (NREM), and your heartbeat is slow. A person is in full sleep and finds it very difficult to awaken. Adults spend 80% of NREM sleep at night. Babies, on the other hand, sleep during the REM phase.

 

How to get enough Sleep?

Today, sleep is very common in developed countries; the average time for sleep is 7 to 9 hours per night. Sleep affects almost every system of the body, from the brain to the heart. Lack of sleep affects both our long-term and short-term functioning health.

Long-term increases raise the risk of the following outcomes:

  • Depression
  • Infections
  • Increase the risk of having a stroke.
  • Chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart failure, and high blood pressure are prevalent.

 

The amount of time in bed

If you are wide awake, do not go to bed; your sleep time should be no more than 9 hours. Establish your optimal sleep zone before bedtime. Reduce your screen time and improve your reading ability while going to bed. Avoid having caffeine, alcohol, tea, or smoking before going to bed.

 

Sleep disorders

The conditions listed below, known as sleep disorders, affect both the quantity and quality of your sleep.

sleep disorder
sleep disorder
  • Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can affect your mood.
  • Somnambulism (sleepwalking)
  • Sleep paralysis (loss of muscle control, which is a temporary condition)
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Myalgic encephalomyelitis (chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Fatigue
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