SLEEP

by Shela Nivong

Facts About Sleep

Millions of people love sleeping, it's one of their favorite things to do each day. Humans spend a third of their life sleeping. Sometimes people suffer from getting lack of sleep and not getting enough sleep is unhealthy for your body. Lack of sleep can cause weight gain of 2 pounds in under a week. Getting enough sleep is very important for you and your body; if you takes you less than five minutes to fall sleep at night, then you're probably sleep-deprived. Usually, falling asleep takes about 10-15 minutes. Us humans are the only mammals that are willingly delaying sleep. Regular exercise helps with improving sleep patterns. One of our biggest sleep distractions is 24 hour internet access. The record for the longest period without sleep is 11 days.

Ways of how to get a good sleep:

  • developing a regular bedtime and going to bed at the same time each night
  • keeping a regular schedule for sleeping/waking up
  • avoiding alcohol
  • getting regular exercise
  • not drinking caffeine
  • try to wake up without an alarm clock
  • attempting to go to bed earlier every night for a certain period, that way you know you can get enough sleep than how you usually do

Children's Sleep

When children are sleeping and it comes to sleep disturbances, nightmares are common and they usually wake up immediately and that's what leads to disturbance and wakening. Sleep terrors usually happen early in the night and it frightens them and wakes them up. Parents of new babies miss out on six months worth of sleep in the first two years of their child's life.
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Sleep needed depending on age:

babies ) 16 hours

ages 3-12 ) 10 hours

ages 13-18 ) 10 hours

ages 19-55 ) 8 hours

ages over 65 ) 6 hours

Things you should know about sleep:

- Memories take hold better during sleep

- You burn more calories during sleep then you do while watching television

- Sleep deprivation affects the brain in multiple ways

- Sleep plays an important role in your physical role

- Sleep is involved in repairing and healing your blood vessels and your heart

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What you might not know about sleep:

While you're sleeping; your brain recharges, your cells repair themselves, your body releases important hormones.

Parasomnia is a type of sleep disorder that makes you unnatural movements, while being asleep.

Dreaming is normal, people who don't dream generally have personality disorders.

You can die from sleep deprivation before food deprivation; it will take 2 weeks to starve, but 10 or 11 days without sleep can kill you.

When you're dreaming and within 5 minutes of waking up, you can forget 50% of your dream; within 10 minutes 90% is gone.

Surprising benefits of health:

Sleep makes you feel better, but there is importance that goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing your under-eye circles.

Having a good sleep, is a key to having a healthy lifestyle and and can benefit your heart, mind, weight, and more.

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What poor sleep leads to:

Sleeping poorly is strongly linked to weight gain, people with short sleep duration are most likely to weigh more than those who get adequate sleep.

In fact, sleeping shortly is one if the strongest risk factors of obesity.

(Which goes for both adults and children)

So if you're trying to lose weight, getting good quality of sleep is necessary.