Why Sleep At All? A Review of Sleep

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Importance of sleep is not recognised by all. You need sleep to keep your body healthy and your body mechanism working. Let us see why sleep is so important. Find out more about Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

What happens when you sleep?

Sleep is very important to us. Sleep is a period when the body undergoes repair. New ones replace all damaged cells and the body sends out old cells as wastes. One–third of your life you sleep. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) could impair your sleep. Improve the quality of sleep and you improve your health and lifestyle levels. You can do this by following some simple lifestyle changes:
a) Avoid consuming stimulants and alcohol just before going to bed.
b) Take a walk before you sleep.
c) If you snore, or wake up during sleep often, consult your physician regarding check up for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
d) Walk for an hour everyday.
e) Increase the fiber content in your food.
f) Eat fruits and drink lots of water.

Nutritious food intake

For proper growth to take place within the body, there has to be regular replenishment of vitamins, minerals and essential items like carbohydrates, proteins and fats that help metabolism survive. Without these building blocks, the body will not know which way to turn. Shortage of building blocks can lead to serous problems like depletion of energy required to maintain essential body functions. Obviously, one cannot survive on just air and water. If one does, the body systems begin to shut down one after the other. Soon, only the basic functionality like breathing and blood circulation will function.

Sleep time rate

When you sleep, the body undergoes a change in the rate of metabolic activity. This means the activity slows down and there is no new work for the Central Nervous System. However, what happens is that digestion takes place. The slow metabolic rate augments digestive process. The Central Nervous System (CNS) that keeps the body clock ticking and makes responses when it is required slows down and lets the body repair mechanism have a free hand. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is another kind of sleep apnea.

If you interrupt the sleep, digestion and synthesis stops and the waste products build up within the body. Why this happens is simple to understand. The CNS is in a fix. It detects the build up of wastes and tries to solve that problem. The real problem is that breathing correction is required and the CNS does not detect it or correct it in time. When there is excess build up, the person develops diseases like congestive heart diseases, stroke and diabetes mellitus. The person becomes irritable, loses concentration on the things he has to do, and will begin to make unintelligent remarks during his or her speech.

Sleep quantity

A person needs minimum of 7 – 9 hours sleep depending on the amount of work one does per day. For people leading a sedentary life, the amount of sleep would be less. It also depends on the Basal Metabolic Rate. This depends on the build and things like sex, age and weight. Growth of tissues in the nasal passage either due to obesity or disease blocks the airflow. Some people may have blockages from birth. You can correct these septum deviations through surgery. This is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). It is dangerous to ignore it. The physician may prescribe the use of oral devices such as mandibular advancement device or CPAP techniques.

Sleep, sleep well

Any person having some kind of problem with sleep should not ignore it. Prompt corrective action ensures good health and well being. You avoid a host of problems such as morning irritability, forgetfulness, and inability to concentrate on things along with long-term diseases like Diabetes Mellitus, stroke or Congestive Heart Failure. So get your fill of sleep, it is not a luxury, it is necessary.

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Bachelor, Christian, 53, settled in Madurai, India, like to watch football and tennis on TV. I also have occasional walks but try to read the Bible daily. For amusement, I read the newspaper.

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author avatar Yon Maryono
30th Jan 2015 (#)

Good knowledge for health. Thanks

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author avatar snerfu
31st Jan 2015 (#)

We are trying to make ends meet but health is always important. Nice to have you around Mr Maryono.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
30th Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing this article. I'm very fortunate that I sleep very well each night but I know a lot of people that do have problems.

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author avatar snerfu
31st Jan 2015 (#)

Hello Nancy, nice to see you full of health and vigour. I am sure you have no problems with your sleep. Chal.

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author avatar Bill Harbin Jr
30th Jan 2015 (#)

Good article about sleep. I missed seeing your writing here. It got to where too many people made sharp arguments and comments so I quit writing here. I may do another article soon.

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author avatar snerfu
31st Jan 2015 (#)

Sorry to hear that Mr Harbin. I hope all is well with your book. Look forward to your article sir.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Feb 2015 (#)

We need the reminding Snerfu, especially the young who are increasingly sleep deprived due to their obsession with gadgets - siva

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author avatar snerfu
5th Feb 2015 (#)

Yes, good thing god sent parents first into this world.
I am praying to god about that too...before I go to sleep.

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author avatar peachpurple
3rd Sep 2015 (#)

I don't sleep in the afternoon, I get a bad headache. At night, I sleep with my son, follow his routine

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author avatar snerfu
3rd Sep 2015 (#)

I love my sleep and will sleep whenever I get the opportunity. But I do tend to go overboard sometimes and so I keep watch.

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