Lack of Good Sleep Causes Many Health Impacts

lack of good sleepGood sleep is fundamental to good health. Good sleep helps you think , look, function, and perform  better.

Proper sleep is as essential as the balanced diet and healthy exercise. It helps you reduce fatigue and irritability. Good sleep enhances capacity to react faster and increase concentration ability.

For an adult seven to nine hours of sleep is needed. However, the choice of round-the-clock activity has become overwhelming. As a result millions across the world face acute lack of sleep.

According to the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM), sleep problems add up to a global epidemic that affects 45 percent of the world’s population. The statistic and demographic clearinghouse, “Statistic Brain,” verifies this staggering statistic and asserts that approximately 40 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder, such as insomnia, sleep apnea or narcolepsy (a brain’s inability to regulate sleep/wake cycles normally). Read the rest of this entry

Simple Math Equals Easy Weight Loss

ExerciseThe pleasure of eating a candy bar lasts but a few minutes. Burning off the calories it delivers can take nearly three-quarters of an hour.

To lose one pound by exercising, you need to burn approximately 3,500 calories. It can take days of moderate exercise to do this. A better strategy for weight loss involves a two-pronged approach: exercising and cutting calories.

Although exercise by itself isn’t the fast track to weight loss, it does offer important benefits beyond cancelling out calories. It slightly increases the rate at which you burn calories even when you’re not working out. And pounds lost through boosting your activity level consist almost entirely of fat, not muscle. Read the rest of this entry

children with sleep disordered breathingA research study established that the children who experience sleep-disordered breathing are significantly more probably exhibiting mal-adaptive behaviors subsequent to surgery compared to those children who do not have any respiratory problem.

Researchers from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor were intrigued by the postoperative behavioral problems—like fussiness, disobedience and introversion, and daytime sleepiness.

“All of us have taken care of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)patients at one time or another,” said Robert E. Christensen, MD, clinical lecturer in anesthesiology at the institution. Read the rest of this entry

vitamin D deficiency
Vitamin D is known as the “Sunshine Vitamin” because spending time outdoors in the sun is known to increase vitamin D in the body via the skin. Our ancestors spent a considerable amount of their time outdoors, but for the first time in history, large amounts of the world population spend most of their time inside their offices and homes. Researchers at the East Texas Medical Center and the University of North Carolina have discovered that vitamin D helps to regulate the sleep-wake cycle. They’ve found a definite link between vitamin D deficiency and the current global epidemic of sleep disorders.

Rapid eye movement sleep (REM) is one of the deepest levels of sleep. It is the level in which dreaming occurs, and its related to good memory and learning. A disruption of REM sleep or an absence of it, is one form of insomnia. Read the rest of this entry

ergo sleep pillowSleepApneaDisorder/[Press Release]/Berkeley, CA /2012/Ergo Sleep Systems, a Bay Area organic and green mattress store, is announcing the release of the new K-Lex Luxury pillow. This luxury pillow is made from naturally derived materials to help achieve a new level of support and comfort.

K-Lex is a proprietary blend of Kapok and natural latex. Kapok, a tree grown in the rainforests of the South Pacific, produces silk-like fibers that are hypo-allergenic. These fibers are lightweight, water resistant, and naturally repel mold and other allergy causing particles. Latex is a natural byproduct of the milk of the Pará rubber tree, it provides support, conformity, durability, and reduces pressure points without being bouncy. Read the rest of this entry

Better Sleep Tips For Sports Persons

sportspersonsSports Persons need to get proper sleep every day to ensure he or she is rested for athletic activity. A good night’s sleep is vital for recovering from an injury, increasing energy, and it can also help increase overall athletic performance. Better sleep is an essential element for a sportsperson to perform at his or her highest level. There are few basic essentials that sports-persons must ensure to get better sleep, which can improve his or her performance, and help him or her recover from injury.

Sleeping and Waking up at Scheduled Time

Sports-persons must ensure that he or she is going to bed and wake up at the scheduled time every day. This process will help an athlete get back into his or her normal sleep cycle, and can help him or her feel more rested. An athlete will need to keep the same sleep cycle to help him or her feel energized, increase metabolism, and also prevent injuries. Not sticking to a scheduled sleep cycle could lead to serious injuries on the field.  Read the rest of this entry

lack of sleepToo little sleep is more likely to make feel people hungrier than normal. This could in turn lead to overeating and weight gain. Findings of a research study concluded recently and published in the journal SLEEP reveal that there are biological reasons for such outcome of too little sleep.

The researchers were at big surprise to find that the lack of sleep triggers hormonal changes, but the hormones affected are different for men and women. The researchers said they expected sleep deprivation to affect glucose or insulin levels in both sexes. Read the rest of this entry

Beddit: A New Web Based Sleep Monitoring Tool

bedditHow you sleep determines how you feel the next day, and continuous sleep disruptions and issues can even lead to health problems. Now you can monitor your sleep patterns in a more effective way and it will also enable you to put plans in action to solve the sleep issues that you may be facing.

Beddit is just that; a sleep monitoring tool that is simple and easy to use. The user sets up the device next to their bed and the device automatically sends the captured data to the Beddit web app.

The company also provides the Beddit API which means that developers can create applications that can access the information in Beddit com.Here’s how it works: Read the rest of this entry

Antidepressants Can Lead to Insomnia,Hot Flashes

hotflashesHot flashes and night sweats create a sudden feeling of warmth and often a breakout of sweating in the upper half of the body. These flashes are experienced by 80% of women around the time of menopause, and also by men due to a lessening of testosterone in middle age. Another source of hot flashes can be medications. According to WebMD, “Taking certain medications can lead to night sweats. Antidepressant medications are a common type of drug that can lead to night sweats. From 8% to 22% of people taking antidepressant drugs have night sweats. Other psychiatric drugs have also been associated with night sweats.”

The “Sleep in America” poll results from the National Sleep Foundation recently found that more than half of all Americans (60%) experience a sleep problem every night or almost every night. Interestingly, a ten-year study to discover which drugs are used to treat insomnia was published in the journal “Sleep”. The study found that prescriptions for sleeping medications have decreased by 53.7%, but that antidepressant drugs prescribed for insomnia have increased by a surprising 146%. Examples of antidepressants prescribed for insomnia are trazodone, doxepin, trimipramine, and amitriptyline. Read the rest of this entry

Various Types of Sleep Related Disorders

Sometimes lack of sleep is caused by disorders that can also cause problems during the day. Examples include:

sleep related disorderNight sweats, which are caused by menopause, cancer, and infections.

Hypersomnia, which is excessive day time sleepiness caused by narcolepsy, being overweight, use of certain medicines, or drug and alcohol use.

Kleine Leven syndrome, where sufferers sleep up to 20 hours a day for several weeks.

Insomnia, which affects 30 to 50% of the population.

Narcolepsy, where sufferers may fall asleep easily during the day.

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, where limbs move rhythmically during sleep.

Six percent of Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a condition where the sufferer stops breathing for 10 to 30 seconds, up to 400 times a night. Two to four percent of the American population suffers from apnea without a diagnosis. Sleep Apnea sufferers are six times more likely to die in a traffic accident due to fatigue. People who sleep next to apnea sufferers lose an average of one hour of sleep per night, and people with untreated apnea are four times more likely to suffer a stroke. Half of those with sleep apnea snore heavily.

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