Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Did u know sleeping early is the the thing that keeps u ALIVE!?

Hey everyone!

Guess what!
stumbled on some article about sleep..
and damn...
it's scary!

so i thought why not i do a little research..

As the pace of life gets faster and faster,
and people try to cram more and more into every minute of the day.

As things get more hectic, sleep tends to get short shrift.

It's seen as wasted time, lost forever.

"For healthy people,
there's a big temptation to voluntarily restrict sleep,
to stay up an hour or two or get up an hour or two earlier,"

But the sad truth is!!
you're really reducing your productivity and exposing yourself to risk!

Before Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1880,
people slept an average of 10 hours a night.
These days, Americans average 6.9 hours of sleep on weeknights
and 7.5 hours a night on weekends, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
Well average Malaysians get about 6 hours of sleep on weeknights
and 7.8 hours of sleep on weekends!
and honestly..
i didn't know that there was such a foundation!

But lack of sleep affects a person in one of two ways
First, sleeplessness influences the day-to-day performance of tasks.
The performance effects are seen immediately..

The longer-term effects of sleep deprivation involve a person's health.
Doctors have linked lack of sleep to weight gain,
diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, depression and substance abuse.
Hormones that process appetite begin to get disorganized.

Too little sleep also interferes with the body's ability to regulate glucose and can cause inflammation leading to heart problems and a rise in blood pressure.

The types of people not getting enough sleep also break down into two groups. First, there are those who make the conscious choice to go without enough sleep.

"It's sort of part of the culture,
People pride themselves on getting little sleep.
You'll hear people bragging, 'I only need six hours a night.'
So there's a macho element here."

On the other hand, there are people who are suffering from sleep disorders. These disorders include:
  • Insomnia, an inability to go to sleep or stay asleep.
  • Sleep apnea, or breathing interruptions during sleep that cause people to wake up repeatedly.
  • Restless legs syndrome, a tingling or prickly sensation in the legs that causes a person to need to move them, interrupting sleep.
Someone suffering from any of these problems should visit their doctor or see a sleep specialist
i honestly recommend it!

Anyway here are some tips for getting a good night's sleep:
  • Stick to a regular sleep schedule.
  • Avoid exercising closer than five or six hours before bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol before bed.
  • Avoid large meals and beverages late at night.
  • Don't take naps after 3 p.m.
  • Relax before bed, taking time to unwind with a hot bath, a good book or soothing music.
  • If you're still awake after more than 20 minutes in bed, get up and do something relaxing until you feel sleepy. Anxiety over not being able to sleep can make it harder to fall asleep.
Anyway hope this help all of you!
Sleep Well!!


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