Why Sleep is so important for Good Health.
Are you getting a good night’s sleep?
Getting enough sleep plays a vital role in your health throughout your life. Quality sleep can protect your physical health, mental health, and quality of life. During sleep your body works to support brain function, and maintaining health by lowering the risk of diseases like heart problems, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes.
So if you are often irritable, cannot always concentrate well, and lack energy when you are awake, a major part of your disposition problems can be that you are not getting enough sleep.
A global problem.
The World Health Organisation has recommended 8 hours sleep per night for optimal results, but research has shown that two-thirds of adults in developed nations seldom achieve that level of sleep. In fact, studies revealed that about 40% of Americans are sleep deprived, getting no more than 5 or 6 hours sleep per night.
There is not enough time for your body to fully recharge and restore from the demands of daily life. This often leads to an unhealthy build-up of frustration and stress.
There are certain daytime occupations which may be affected by a lack of sleep and poor sleep patterns.
Here are some of them:
· Driving. When you are driving, whether it be in your own vehicle, a public transport facility, or maybe a long-haul truck, you need to be super alert. A survey conducted in the US by the National Highway Safety Administration estimated that driver sleepiness has been linked to approximately 100,000 vehicle accidents in the US per year. Many of these have been fatal, or have resulted in very serious injuries.
· Health care. The lives and well-being of patients lie delicately in the hands of health care workers – doctors, practitioners, and nurses alike. Just a slight loss of focus because of poor sleep, could endanger a patient’s life.
· Lawyers. A lawyer needs to sharp and focussed whether in the courtroom, or in the office. A mistake due to sleep deprivation can negatively affect service to a client.
· Mechanics, electricians, and all technicians offering a service, have to always be on top of their games to do a good job. Feeling sleepy can lead to costly mistakes.
· Teaching. Tired teachers may struggle to teach efficiently, and may also battle to control the class properly.
These are just a few of the areas which can be affected by a lack of proper sleep. However, the reality is that poor sleep can negatively impact on your entire life – no matter who you are and what you do.
How sleep deprivation of sleep can harm your health.
This is what a serious lack of sleep can potentially do:
· Increase the risk of heart disease and cancer.
· Contribute to an insulin-resistant state which will make you feel hungry when you have already eaten. This can result in weight gain.
· Levels of the stress hormone corticosterone are increased when you don’t sleep enough, which results in fewer new brain cells being created. This can affect your concentration, and lead to you being less alert, and slower to react in an emergency.
· High levels of sleep deprivation negatively affect production of the growth hormone normally released by the pituitary gland during deep sleep. This may result in premature aging issues.
· The immune system is compromised by a lack of sleep, leaving the body open to a risk of viruses and inflammation.
When you are tired, going to bed and getting some sleep is something you should be looking forward to. However, for many folk it is a source of frustration and anxiety just to know that if they do not get enough sleep, they are going to feel lousy and irritable the next day.
How to improve your sleep quality.
There are many natural methods you try to improve your sleep, and many of them do really help quite a lot. Some methods include trying to go to bed and get up at the same time every day, keeping your room cool, cutting down on caffeine – especially after 1pm, getting some exercise during the day or early evening, and not eating a big meal late at night.
Sometimes poor sleep patterns may be bad habits that have built up over time. Bad habits can be broken, and there is an excellent chance that you will achieve good, unimpaired sleep –if they are broken.
Extensive sleep research has shown that cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) together with hypnotherapy, is one of best ways to deal with poor sleep patterns, bad habits which affect sleep, as well as anxiety, which also plays a major role in sleep deprivation.
How hypnotherapy can help you.
Hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, focuses on understanding the problem, and then changing harmful or negative patterns of behaviour. Certain psychological problems, previous trauma, and anxiety are all believed to be underlying causes of sleep disorders.
Hypnotherapy for sleep disorders will help to find the root cause of the problem, and work to change how you react to the problems, by accessing the subconscious mind and targeting negative thought patterns.
Many sleep disorders that are made worse by issues such as stress and anxiety, are very successfully treated with hypnotherapy.
For the most effective outcome, the therapist will cater for your particular concerns, and tailor a unique treatment to suit your personal circumstances.
There is documented proof that hypnosis will be extremely beneficial to fully restore your sleep cycle to its former glory!