Medical science is currently experiencing a surge of interest and knowledge about the complexity and importance of sleep. Not only is restful sleep essential to normal body function, general health and healing, the lack of sleep leads to multiple medical conditions.
Symptoms of sleep apnea, such as waking out of breath, pausing in breathing while sleeping, and daytime sleepiness, should be addressed and treated. This will ensure our daily health, longevity, and resistance to illness.
If you are overweight, it is likely that you do not have truly restful sleep and are experiencing some sleep deprived symptoms. Check with your physician to determine if being overweight is affect your sleep quality, and your daily energy level.
You are likely sleep deprived if:
- You’re getting less than eight hours of sleep each night.
- You fall asleep instantly upon laying in bed.
- You need an alarm clock to wake up.
- You fall asleep at different times during the day.
It is estimated that over 60% of adults are sleep deprived. Most people are unaware of how sleepy they are. Plus, they would likely be pleased with how energetic they would feel with adequate sleep.
According to sleep experts, if you want to be fully alert, in a good mood, mentally sharp, creative, and energetic all day long, you should get 8 hours sleep every evening!
Alcohol, Decongestants and Sleep
Alcohol is known to disrupt the normal sleep cycle. In addition, it leads to nasal congestion, which is a common cause of inability to get a good night sleep.
Decongestants, including doses available over the counter, have a common side effect of insomnia. Avoid taking these after noon, if possible, and prevent sleep disruptions.
Snoring linked to ADHD in young children
By surveying parents of more than 11,000 first-grade children and collected data on over 5,000 6-year-olds, researchers found that 11.2% of the children had frequent loud snoring. Among the 7.3% of children with ADHD, 23% had frequent loud snoring.
When some children with ADHD were treated for their snoring, their ADHD became much better or totally disappeared. Sleep-disorder breathing rather than ADHD may be behind the attention deficiency.
Treating snoring should lead to at least some improvement in behavior, which may lead to less need for medication, less need for interventions, and fewer problems in the family. See your pediatrician or ear, nose and throat doctor if your child snores and has been diagnoses with ADHD.
Sometimes, you just need sleep, no matter where you are!
Other Sleep Facts
According to the National Sleep Foundation, at least 100,000 accidents and 1,500 fatalities on our highways each year are due to falling asleep at the wheel.
Einstein reported he needed 10 hours of sleep each night to function well.
Get Good Sleep! If necessary, see your doctor!
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is a professional membership organization dedicated to the advancement of sleep medicine and related research. Its mission is to assure quality care for patients with sleep disorders, promote the advancement of sleep research and provide public and professional education. www.aasmnet.org
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public health and safety by achieving understanding of sleep and sleep disorders, and by supporting education, sleep-related research, and advocacy. www.sleepfoundation.org
The Center for Sleep & Circadian Biology at Northwestern University, studies the generation, expression and synchronization of circadian rhythms as they relate to human health, safety, performance and productivity. The Center fosters collaborations between researchers in different disciplines who have mutual research interests in the study of circadian rhythms, with a particular emphasis on the circadian control of the activity-rest and sleep-wake cycle. http://www.northwestern.edu/cscb/about.html