Sleep And Your Health
Sleep is the body’s rest cycle marked by the absence of wakefulness and reduced awareness to one’s surroundings. It occurs when the brain transitions from alpha waves (a state of wakefulness) to delta waves (a state of deep sleep).
Not getting enough rest can have a negative impact on your health. It may lead to weight gain and other health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
In today’s fast-paced world, it is not uncommon to stay up late to finish a project. It seems we are always on the go and in a hurry. But we have to remember that sleep is just as important as any other part of our day. It protects us from many health issues like heart disease and diabetes. It also improves memory, problem-solving skills, and brain function.
These are the recommended hours of sleep for adults 18-64 years old by the national sleep foundation. Take note that the recommended sleep hours vary per age group. Newborns are advised to sleep anywhere between 14-17 hours to facilitate substantial growth and development.
Reduce Phone Time Before Bed
It is not a secret that we are often on our phones and tablets in the evening. However, it is important to know that this habit might negatively affect our sleep cycle.
The production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep cycles, starts to rise during the early evening and picks up as darkness falls. The more light exposure you get from your devices in the evening hours, the less melatonin your body will produce. This can lead to delayed sleep onset and disrupted sleep, leading to health problems like obesity and diabetes.
Put away all electronics or turn off the lights at least an hour before bedtime to achieve good quality sleep.