Importance of Sleep
Would you believe that many of the problems we encounter regarding our health, illness and energy level is related to a problem with sleep? Doctors today encounter many patients who have sleep problems due to nose or mouth obstruction, and weight gain.
Medical studies now demonstrate that our ability to resist infection is reduced if we have inadequate sleep. At night, while we sleep, our immune system is active scanning our body for infection causing organisms.
Sleep problems have been associated with many conditions, including:
- High Blood pressure
- Heart Disease
- Heart Rhythm Disturbances
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Risk of Death
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Loss of Job due to Sleepiness
- Elevated Eye Pressures
- Neuromuscular Diseases
- Infectious Diseases
- Chronic Fatigue
- Endocrine Disorders
- Gastrointestinal Disturbances
- Excessive Sleepiness
- Poor Sex drive
If you are experiencing these types of conditions, or if you are having poor quality sleep, daytime somnolence or wake at night out of breath, you should see your physician and take action to prevent further problems with your health.
Remember, our life experience is perceived through our brain. Since sleep is important for normal brain function, it becomes obvious that sleep is essential for a normal and full experience of life.
Everyday, we take the time to choose quality food to put in our body. This daily foods affects our mental alertness, our productivity at almost any task, and our health. The same is true of sleep. Invest the time and effort to obtain good sleep.
As a Sinus and Functional Rhinoplasty surgeon, I am fortunate to improve many patient’s quality of sleep by improving nasal airflow.
Hopefully, you now see the importance of a good nights sleep.
Do not hesitate to see your doctor if there’s a chance you could have a sleep disorder. Doing so could not only save your life, but make it more enjoyable and energy filled each day.
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