Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Hush...You're Sleeping


Have you ever caught yourself unaware that you had just fallen asleep no matter how you tried to stop yourself but you just banged your head in the air? Who doesn't want to sleep anyway? Animals sleep even plants do. Everybody wants to sleep especially when you're tired and you want to relax your whole system.

Sleeping has always been one of my hobbies since i was a kid. It sounds and it feels very incomplete to me when I've only got less than 6 hours of sleep. There are times that i have to choose between sleep and eat but no matter how hungry i am i can't resist from sleeping.

According to HELPGUIDE, when you continuously don’t get the amount of sleep you need, you begin to pay for it in daytime drowsiness, trouble concentrating, irritability, increased risk of falls and accidents, and lower productivity.

Sleep benefits to our immune system, nervous system and development. Immune system - It doesn’t seem fair. Right when you are exhausted after a stressful move or a big project at work, you come down with a cold. That’s no accident - sleep is essential to the immune system. Without adequate sleep, the immune system becomes weak, and the body becomes more vulnerable to infection and disease.

Nervous system - Sleep is also a time of rest and repair to neurons. Neurons are the freeways of the nervous system that carry out both voluntary commands, like moving your arm, and involuntary commands, like breathing and digestive processes.

Hormone release - Many hormones, substances produced to trigger or regulate particular body functions, are timed to release during sleep or right before sleep. Growth hormones, for example, are released during sleep, vital to growing children but also for restorative processes like muscle repair.

How will you know if you are suffering from sleep deprivation? Sleep deprivation occurs when you are not sleeping the right amount for your individual needs. If you are falling asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow, regularly need an alarm clock to wake up, or feel the need for frequent naps during the day, it is very likely you are sleep deprived. Other signs are difficulty waking up in the morning, poor performance in school, on the job, or in sports, difficulty making decisions, difficulty making decisions, falling asleep during work or class and feeling especially moody or irritated. Sleep deprivation can be dangerous not only to you but others, since it affects motor skills like driving. Chronic sleep deprivation is also thought to cause long term changes to the body, which contribute to increased risk for obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

So, find time to sleep to make yourself useful during your waking hours.

For more information you can log on to http://helpguide.org/life/sleeping.htm

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