The Road To Healthy Sleep

Good health is found to be at the core of healthy sleep. Good, wholesome natural sleep is essential to the human body. As we have grown as a society we have misplaced the importance of healthy sleep. Within the vast social network of one-hour photo and instant mashed potatoes we completely underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep. Some of us lack comfortable bed, pitch-black rooms and the quiet we all need to doze off into a deep slumber.

Of course a lot of the problems in our lives are contributed to lack of a good night’s sleep. Some research has connected weight gain to lack of eight hours sleep. Of course the national obesity issue is not the only threat caused from lack of sleep. When you sleep, you enter into a stage called REM or rapid eye movement, which is important for your mind to process your activities that you have experienced the day before. Good sleep is connected to a good memory and lack of a good night’s sleep can muddle ones mind during the day. So your memory suffers with lack of deep REM sleep. Even cardiovascular disease has been linked to sleep deprivation. Without sleep we may even find ourselves wanting to sleep during day, walking around in a dozy haze. This is not good for anyone who works with heavy machinery and can be an accident waiting to happen for everyone around you.

Back in 1910 it was established that the average American citizen slept for almost nine hours a night. Since that average has dropped drastically in the last hundred years, sleep physicians estimate that an average full grown adult requires up to eight to eight and a half hours of sound sleep a night. They also warn that seven hours should be the bare minimum of sleep at night. In 1985 the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found through various surveys that almost 20 to 25 percent of American citizens between the ages of 25 and 64 sleep for only six hours or less a night! In 2004, the CDC found that the ration had jumped to 30 percent of adults who sleep for six hours or less.

REM sleep is broken down during the course of the night with five cycles of sleep. The longest phase of REM sleep that incorporates your own dreaming is right before morning. About three-fifth of a night’s sleep is non-REM sleep. One-fifth is non-REM sleep and one-fifth is REM sleep. This is the opposite with children, who require much more REM sleep than adults, which promotes their growth.

Sleep disorders are responsible for most sleep deprivation in people today. These disorders can be treated through various medical means. Obtaining healthy sleep is partly your responsibility. The other half is due to the effects of a would-be disorder. To see if you may be suffering from a sleep disorder you can compare your sleep habits to the Ten Commandments of Sleep. This can help you reflect and either change the sleeping habits you current use to help you sleep better or let you know that maybe you should seek medical help.

If you feel you suffer from sleep disorders such as sleep apnea or any others then take your sleep diary to your local physician and discuss what treatments or specialist you may need.