In our fast-paced society, a good night’s sleep is now a bit of pleasure. It’s been pushed down the list of priorities, slipping behind work chores, social time, and even entertainment.
Sleep should not be considered an indulgence. It’s as essential to your mental and physical well-being as water and food.
The need of the body for sleep is an area of study that is still relatively new. Scientists are studying exactly what goes on inside the body when it goes to sleep and why this process is crucial. We know that sleep is essential to:
- Maintain critical body functions
- Restore energy
- repair of muscle tissue
- enable your brain to process new information.
We also know what happens when our body doesn’t get enough rest. Sleep absence can lead to a variety of physical and mental issues that can impact your capacity to:
- Think clearly
- The focus
- manage emotions
This could cause serious issues in the workplace as well as at home.
Sleep deprivation for long periods of time has been found as increasing the chance of serious health issues, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. It also can affect your immunity and reduce the body’s ability to fight against diseases and infections.
Disorders of sleep are disorders that hinder you from sleeping comfortably regularly. Sometimes, sleep disturbances like jet fatigue, stress, and a busy schedule can disrupt your sleep. If, however, your sleep pattern is constantly disturbed this could be an indication of an issue with sleep.
There are a variety of sleep disorders:
- Sleepiness is a condition that is indicated by difficulty getting sleep or staying asleep or both.
- Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder that happens when your airway becomes blocked several times during sleep.
- Narcolepsy includes daytime “sleep attacks,” which are characterized by feeling extremely sleepy or falling asleep with no warning.
- Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a feeling that makes you move your legs continuously even when you’re asleep.
- Parasomnias are unintentional behaviors or movements that occur during sleep including sleepwalking, nightmares, or sleeping walking.
The quality of your sleep is just equally important as the quantity of sleep.
A lot of people suffering from sleep disorders can sleep for a long period of time, but they don’t get to an adequate level of sleep to feel rested and refreshed in the early morning. Frequent awakening late at night could also hinder you from getting to the essential phases of sleep.
Sleep disorders can be an indication of a medical issue.