A good night's sleep ranks as one of the most important human necessities. It is commonly believed that a person's overall health largely depends on the bodies restorative and mental functions that are served by an adequate night's sleep.
A commonly held view suggests that sleep has a restored function. However the concept of adequate sleep varies from person to person. The average period of sleep is about seven and a half hours. So if you're not sleeping too well, the following tips will definitely help you back to restoring the good night's sleep that you may be missing out on.
Many people constantly push themselves and the daily stress and tensions of life does without doubt take its toll on us. Take those in highly stressed jobs. Doctors, police, fire fighters, lorry drivers, workers on shift work, even mum's with young children and many others are really vulnerable of being robbed of the proper night's sleep their bodies are crying out for. So why is sleep so important for all of us?
There is much more going on when you sleep than you think, just consider this. There is quite a complicated process going on, your muscles tense and relax, your pulse and blood pressure rises and falls, and your brain churns out all sorts of things. When you fall sleep all your activity decreases and your muscles relax and your heartbeat and breathing rate slow down.
A Doctor of sleep research at “Queen Elizabeth Hospital Toronto America” says … “We do not really know all the critical biological events that occur in our sleep that restores us. Our body that affects our immune system. It's a resting period that counteracts the general wear and tear of what's been going on in the day. our brain and nervous system.
I touched on this a little but how much sleep do we actually need? Adults in general need about 7-8 hours every night if possible. Some people can get by with 4-5 hours' sleep a night. Infants, youngsters, will sleep more. However, it is to be pointed out that no matter what age you are should not expect to have the same soundness of sleep all through the night. Sleep does seem to work in cycles of deeper sleep, alternating with lighter sleep during the night an individual may have a number of these cycles going on during their sleeping period.
If your body lacks sleep for any reason it can cause intense problems no doubt about that. If we are deprived of sleep we can lose energy, become quick tempered, concentration becomes difficult. If sleep deprivation continues for any length of time thinking ability, even seeing and hearing what we call the normal things of life become seriously affected.
You may remember the woman pilot Amy Johnson (many years ago now) when she wanted to be the first woman to fly around the world. She lacked sleep for days when flying. Her lack of sleep caused her to experience severe hallucinations seeing things that did not really exist.
Coming closer to home though, we may not be flying a plane when we are tired but we may be driving a vehicle of some kind. Many sleepy people have fallen asleep at the wheel of their car and have been involved in fatal accidents. A persistent lack of sleep can start to cause cracks in family life. Marriage problems can crop up due to us becoming irritable and in the long run we become harder to get along with because of a lack of sleep. As you can appreciate a good night's sleep is more important than some may think.
So how can we get a good night's sleep? Well it's always good to hear from experts in this field the “Sleep Disorders Center in Toronto” suggests a comfortable bed in secure, quiet and dark surroundings. Do not take a nap late in the day and avoid things like caffeine, large meals before your bedtime. If at all possible stick to regular sleeping hours because this helps the body to get into a constant sleep-wake rhythm.
Wind down before going to bed without doing things that are likely to get you wound up in the first place. Example, avoid watching any kind of exciting film, television, or reading material. If my wife and I talk about money problems before going to bed this tends to keep me awake worrying about it. So any stimulating discussions before going to bed can affect ones sleep.
Light reading, warm milk, sometimes a little wine, herb teas, such as hops, mint, and chamomile are a good way to relax. Yes we suffer many anxieties and frustrations in this fast almost mad paced life we live in, however the ability to get a sound night's sleep is possible. Try to adopt a balanced diet along with regular exercise and not getting too stressed just before going to bed, and do things that will relax you at bedtime these things will help you if you have difficulty falling asleep.