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The Importance of Sleep, Part One

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Sleep apnea is a damaging condition that can disturb the sleep of both you and a partner (if you are prone to wriggling around the bed when you awake). While this might seem unpleasant and irritating when you’re both grouchy the next day, it’s actually more serious than this and can have a long list of negative effects on your health. If you’re considering doing something about your sleep apnea then, read the following list of crucial roles played by sleep and decide whether you want to subject yourself and possibly a partner to so many health risks.

First, sleep is crucial for your heart. Sleep interacts with blood vessels and helps to lower the blood pressure as well as cholesterol which in turn lowers the chances of heart disease or stroke. Seven to nine hours of sleep each night has been shown to drastically lower the chances of either. Sleep might also be able to help prevent cancer, particularly of the colon or breast. This is due to the affects of melatonin (the sleep hormone) which can suppress the growth of tumors. To increase the production of melatonin make sure your room is dark during sleep.

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It is also during sleep that our bodies do much of the work to repair the stresses of the day. During sleep our body is in an ‘anabolic state’ meaning that it produces more anabolic hormones such as testosterone and growth hormone. In children this is why sleep is crucial for growth, while for everyone it’s crucial for the repairing of the wounds and injuries, combating of diseases and the growth of muscle and other tissue. Growth hormone has also been shown to counter some of the effects of aging by healing the damage done to our cells. For this reason extended lack of sleep can lead to slow recovery from illness or injury and visibly faster aging. Sleep will, in short, minimize your chances of catching all illnesses then and even help turn back the clock.

Furthermore, sleep predictably has a large range of psychological benefits. While the purpose of dreaming is not fully understood by psychologists (everything from the random firing of pons to the expression of our unconscious desires has been suggested), it seems clear that it is, in fact, a necessary function. Psychological studies taking away patients’ ‘REM sleep’ (REM standing for Rapid Eye Movement and indicating the point at which we start dreaming) have shown that dreams will eventually begin to find their way into our waking hours as vivid hallucinations. Consistent lack of dreaming has been shown to eventually lead to psychosis and it seems that REM is the single most crucial part of sleeping for healthy brain function. REM sleep is however the final stage during our sleep cycle (which repeats itself about four times throughout the night), meaning that if you are constantly awoken through difficulty breathing then you will be likely to experience less REM sleep than you require (though due to it’s importance your body will eventually launch your straight into REM).

Alternate spelling: sleep apnoea | Common misspellings: sleep apnia, sleep apena, sleep apneia
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David Stillwagon

Sleep apnea has also been found to be factors in car accidents where the sleep apnea patients are too tired to concentrate on the road.

ANSH from celebrity gossip news

Importance of sleep is a good topic to discuss, I was working in night shift and due to this i was not taking my desired sleep. so i am giving a suggestion to all people please take a full sleep for your better health.

Dan from Personal Injury Solicitors

Sleep apnea is a potentially very serious condition. If you are constantly tired and sleepy during the day you are far more prone to suffering a serious accident or injury. Tiredness is actually a major factor in many traffic accidents and accidents in the workplace. I’d urge anyone who is suffering from it to seek help.

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