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IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP IN THE BODY.

Posted by: | Posted on: December 20, 2019
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Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. … During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health.

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During deep sleep, your body works to repair muscle, organs, and other cells. Chemicals that strengthen your immune system start to circulate in your blood. You spend about a fifth of your night’s sleep in deep sleep when you’re young and healthy — more if you haven’t slept enough.

While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best. Children and teens need even more. And despite the notion that our sleep needs decrease with age, most older people still need at least 7 hours of sleep.

By far the healthiest option for most people, sleeping on your back allows your head, neck, and spine to rest in a neutral position. This means that there’s no extra pressure on those areas, so you’re less likely to experience pain. Sleeping facing the ceiling also ideal for warding off acid reflux.

Sleeping on your left side with your right side not squished is supposed to potentially increase blood flow back to your heart.

Best foods you can eat before bed to enhance your sleep quality.
  1. Almonds.
  2. Turkey.
  3. Chamomile Tea.
  4. Kiwi.
  5. Tart Cherry Juice.
  6. Fatty Fish.
  7. Walnuts.
  8. Passionflower Tea.
Foods and substances that can cause anxiety and insomnia.
  • Caffeine.
  • Nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and goji berries)
  • Alcohol.
  • Aged, fermented, cured, smoked, and cultured foods (salami, cheese, sauerkraut, red wine, etc.).
  • Sugar, Flour, and other Refined Carbohydrates.

NOTE:Good levels of vitamins B3, B5, B6, B9 and B12 may help achieve good sleep, as they help regulate the body’s level of the amino acid tryptophan, which helps the body produce sleep-inducing melatonin. B vitamins are found in many foods, including fortified foods.

 

Common psychological and medical causes of insomnia.
  • Anxiety, stress, and depression are some of the most common causes of chronic insomnia.
  • Medical problems or illness.
  • Medications.
  • Sleep disorders.
main symptom of ongoing sleep loss is excessive daytime sleepiness, but other symptoms include:
  • yawning.
  • moodiness.
  • fatigue.
  • irritability.
  • depressed mood.
  • difficulty learning new concepts.
  • forgetfulness.
  • inability to concentrate or a “fuzzy” head.

Sleep deprivation also could cause your skin to age faster.Sleep deprived women show signs of premature skin aging and a decrease in their skin’s ability to recover after sun exposure.

Why is getting enough sleep important:
  • Get sick less often.
  • Stay at a healthy weight.
  • Lower your risk for serious health problems, like diabetes and heart disease.
  • Reduce stress and improve your mood.
  • Think more clearly and do better in school and at work.
  • Get along better with people.
  • Promotes healing:-This helps wounds to heal faster but also restores sore or damaged muscles. While you sleep, your body can make more white blood cells that can attack viruses and bacteria that can hinder the healing process. Your immune system relies on sleep to be able to fight harmful substances.
NOTE:
Some of the most serious potential problems associated with chronic sleep deprivation are high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure or stroke. Other potential problems include obesity, depression and lower sex drive. Chronic sleep deprivation can even affect your appearance.
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