Why is Sleep important?

Sleep is absolutely necessary in order for a person's physical and mental mechanisms to rest and recover from his or her daily activities. Proper sleep also helps the our bodies to recover from illness or injury much faster. That is probably why when we are sick, all we want to do is to sleep for as many hours as possible.

It is important not to skip sleep in order to maintain your busy life style. Usually if you miss out on sleep, you will pay for it later. Either with illness or with just not functioning properly during the day. You will be wasting your awake time anyway, so why not get the sleep.

Sleep is crucial to good health

The body does a lot of its repair work during sleep and it absolutely is crucial to our health both mentally and physically. Good, timely, restful sleep, and having sufficient sleep, allow us to make the most of the hours that we are awake, and enjoy them with energy and good health.

There are guidelines available on how to get good nights sleep. We need to try and understand the effects of insomnia. It is vital to know that not being able to get a good sleep at night time will have disastrous effects on your life.

Sleep is a mystery still.

Despite the importance of proper sleep, it is still a bit of a mystery in terms of science. Researchers are always finding out new things or coming up with new theories about sleep and the effects of not sleeping properly.

What can you do to make sure your body knows that in your head you regard sleep as important. Organise your days, if you have to get up at a certain time make sure that nine hours before that time, you are finishing with anything that might be considered important work or something that could possibly be stressful.

A Few Common Sleep disorders

• Shift Work Sleep Disorder.
• Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
• Narcolepsy.
• Nocturia which is characterised by the need to get up at night to empty the bladder. Could possibly be a sign of diabetes. Not necessarily, that you drank too much tea in the evening.

Sleep Disorder Symptoms

• Restless leg syndrome. The legs feel like they can't stop moving due to an itching or burning feeling.
• Talking during sleep.
• Sleep walking.
• Grinding of the teeth while sleeping
• Lying there in bed and watching the second hand of the clock moving relentlessly round.
• Stress levels leading you to lie in your bed worrying about the next day at work.
• Getting even more stressed by worrying about not getting enough sleep.
• Snoring can be a problem too, if not for you, it could be for your sleeping partner.
• Blocked airways and breathing can be affected, making you awake briefly but constantly during the night.

There are a lot of possible problems that might stop you from having a good night sleep. What can you do to help matters. How can we stand a chance of going happily into the land of nod, every night?

Have a Bed Time Routine

• Start your bedtime routine with the cup of cocoa, if that is something that helps you tell your body it is the end of the day.
• Have a wind down time.
• Do the washing of your face and brushing your teeth in good time. So that you can go and sit in bed and relax.
• Perhaps watch a relaxing TV programme or better still read a book. That will warm the bed up nicely too.
• Make sure the room is as dark as you can make it. Light from streetlights will disturb your sleep.
• During the summer, the light mornings will also disturb your sleep, if your curtains are not good enough.

Try to work with your body clock, the circadian rhythm that will dictate times during the day when you will feel tired. Many people find that a power nap during the day if possible, helps greatly with feeling better and then being more productive.

If you have really serious problems with sleep, then do go and see a doctor and get proper treatment.