Recently I had the opportunity to attend a very interesting lecture by Dr. Chris Carruthers, an expert on sleep disorders. Dr. Carruthers herself has had a sleep disorder, overcame this disorder and has made it her mission to help others obtain healthy sleep to improve their health and their lives. Currently Dr. Carruthers works with chronically ill patients to help with their health issues and/or treatments. Her lecture was very interesting and she maintains that most people don’t take sleep seriously enough, which causes many health problems in the long term.
5 categories of sleep disorders
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine there are five categories of sleep disorders that are very common:
- Insomnia: difficulty going to sleep or staying asleep
- Sleep apnea: when there are breathing interruptions during sleep
- Narcolepsy: sleep attacks during the day
- Restless legs syndrome: a prickling or tingling feeling in the legs
- Parasomnias: this is actually a group of sleep problems such as nightmares, grinding of teeth, night terrors, sleep walking, sleep talking, wetting the bed and head banging.
2 little known facts about sleep: (very surprising!)
- Sleep is a partially learned behavior
- We spend approximately 1/3 of our life sleeping, which is more time than we spend working or parenting.
6 benefits of adequate sleep:
- Improved general quality of life
- Improved cognitive functioning
- In the case of illness: improved pain tolerance
- In the case of treatments for chronic illnesses: the body tolerates treatments better
- Improved mood and behavior, which in turn helps relationships and reduces the risk of depression.
- Reduced risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and other serious medical conditions
Why does our body need sleep?
- To have adequate time to produce important proteins and growth hormones
- To build muscle mass
- To repair cells
- For the proper functioning of nervous, endocrine and immune systems
Good healthy sleep is very important for us to function at a peak level – physically, mentally and cognitively. The amount of sleep we need is bio-individual meaning that we are all different, and there is no set ‘right amount’ that works for everyone.
Signs of inadequate sleep
Are you getting enough healthy sleep? Here are some signs of inadequate sleep:
- tired eyes or droopy eyes
- head nodding
- stiff shoulders
- distinct lack of patience
- inability to concentrate.
Are you looking for help and support in this area of your life? As a Health Coach I can help you with easy to implement steps to obtain good sleep and find a healthy life balance. Contact me today.
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