Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Have you heard me talk about balance?  
Well, when it comes to 
health and wellness for your
 body, soul and spirit 
think about SLEEP!

Sleep is needed to regenerate and refresh not just your mind but every cell and organ in your body.
I only had a few minutes this morning to look up some info... (I'll research more later)

Insomnia can play havoc on your health.

Sleeping difficulties are a symptom

This will be the first of several blogs on the importance of sleep and how to get proper sleep

The "seven deadly sins" formulated by the mideaval monks included Sloth. 

  Proverbs 6:9   "How long will you sleep, O sluggard? 

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep
for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

Proverbs 20:13
Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; 
open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

Scientists have yet to determine exactly why people sleep. However, they do know that humans must sleep and, in fact, people can survive longer without food than without sleep. And people are not alone in this need – all mammals, reptiles and birds sleep.

Scientists have proposed the following theories on why humans require sleep:

  • Sleep may be a way of recharging the brain. The brain has a chance to shut down and repair neurons and to exercise important neuronal connections that might otherwise deteriorate due to lack of activity.
  • Sleep gives the brain an opportunity to reorganize data to help find a solution to problem, process newly learned information and organize and archive memories.
  • Sleep lowers a person’s metabolic rate and energy consumption.
  • The cardiovascular system also gets a break during sleep. Researchers have found that people with normal or high blood pressure experience a 20 to 30% reduction in blood pressure and 10 to 20% reduction in heart rate.
  • During sleep, the body has a chance to replace chemicals and repair muscles, other tissues and aging or dead cells.
  • In children and young adults, growth hormones are released during deep sleep.
  • When a person falls asleep and wakes up is largely determined by his or her circadian rhythm, a day-night cycle of about 24 hours. Circadian rhythms greatly influence the timing, amount and quality of sleep.

ahhhhhhhhhhhhh  - daylight savings time    HURRY UP!

Salute!  To your health and Wellness  - Go to Bed on Time!