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The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A good night’s sleep ensures well-being and good health. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), millions of people suffer from poor sleep patterns. Being able to crawl into bed, go to sleep, and wake up well rested is what defines a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, according to NSF’s survey, nearly 40 percent of adults have a sleep disorder, and 60 percent of adults have sleeping problems every week for two or more days. These problems rarely get treated, or even diagnosed, since people are generally unaware of the importance of a good night’s sleep.

The environment in which you sleep plays a crucial role in determining how well you sleep. A critical environmental factor is the mattress you sleep on. Old mattresses, improper cushioning, and poor construction force one in every four persons to suffer through a turbulent night of tossing around in bed. Sleeping on a good mattress, like those made in Grand Rapids, MI by Jonathan Stevens Mattress Company, that allows a full night’s rest can overcome many important sleep disorders that directly impact the metabolic, immune, cardiovascular, and nervous system.

Unhealthy conditions associated with lack of sleep include hypertension, emotional imbalance, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, insomnia, reduced attention span, lack of multitasking, cardiovascular risks, and obesity. Dr. Timothy Roehrs at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit is the director of research at the Sleep Disorders and Research Center. According to Roehrs, sleeplessness takes a huge toll on one’s decision-making abilities. Risks become underrated and sound decisions are lost in the turmoil of the mind. A good night’s sleep, on the other hand, leaves the mind fresh and able to ponder consequences of decisions and manage risks.

A hostile environment at night will also disrupt the sleep cycle. Researchers have divided the sleep cycle into five stages, each necessary for rejuvenating the body in specific manners. Missing out on any of these stages will produce sleep-deprivation symptoms in the morning.

Everyone sleeps differently. While sixteen hours of wakefulness requires at least eight hours of sleep each night, some people may be able to achieve the same efficiency through the day with just six hours of sleep. Others may require more than ten hours of sleep. But whether you need eight hours of sleep or six, it’s important to ensure you receive the appropriate amount that allows you to be your healthiest.

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