Mums, all over the world, have always known the benefits of a ‘good night’s sleep‘ whether dealing with a baby, an energetic child or a grouchy teenager (or husband, for that matter).
However, with the advancement of medical research, it is becoming more and more apparent that sleep has a much greater effect on all aspects of our health and well being in every way ~ physically, emotionally and mentally.
Ask any insomniac the devastating effects of lack of sleep on all aspects of life. Sleep affects how we feel, look and perform our daily activities. Whilst we rest, sleep offers the body and mind time to restore and repair itself and is vital to well being.
Health Effects of Sleep
From a purely medical perspective sleep plays a major role in protecting your heart and blood vessels.
Whilst you sleep your blood pressure significantly drops which provides relief to the cardiovascular system.
Bad quality of sleep, sleep disorders and not getting enough hours of good quality sleep is also scientifically linked with psychological problems. In particular depression and anxiety disorders, such as panic attacks, which can actually happen whilst asleep too.
How Much Sleep do we Need?
According to surveys from The National Sleep Foundation, 20% of Americans are regularly having less than 6 hours of sleep per night.
This trend is not limited to the USA either, it can be seen across Europe and Canada too, in fact in most developed countries.
In view of recent research, we could all use some advice on dealing with any issues that prevent us from getting a good night’s sleep.
Obesity and Sleep Problems
It has been a remarkable and highly important discovery, confirmed in just the last 10 years, that getting enough sleep is a key requirement for successful weight loss.
So many people struggle with busy lives, (many try all sorts of healthy eating regimes like this one for example) however, not getting enough sleep, sedentary office jobs, not enough exercise, all of which leads to obesity or being overweight.
When the body gets enough sleep, you have a higher metabolic rate the next day, you are more active, eat less and eat less fattening foods.
Thus, all of this makes it possible to lose weight. Good sleep has also been linked with reducing belly fat and facial fat. Discover what sleep can do for you!
Why not add a good night’s sleep to your 5 other Healthy Habits that lead to a long life and weight loss.
Some Sleep Conditions
This site aims to introduce some of the conditions associated with poor sleeping and give help and advice on what to do if you are suffering from any sleep-related problems.
We will cast a dreamy gaze over many sleep issues:- Looking at the normal sleep cycle. Parasomnia, including sleepwalking, talking and nightmares will all be discussed; what this diagnosis entails along with the symptoms and treatments too.
History of the Site
The Canadian Sleep Society
From 1999 to 2011 the site used to be the Canadian Sleep Society. The site had many useful articles and resources regarding all aspects of sleep and health.
After a brief foray into the world of Software and Webpage design (see Cascading Style Sheets below) the site, once again entered the dreamy land of sleep. The Canadian Sleep Society is still going strong today. To visit the site please click here.
Cascading Style Sheets
In 2013 this site was used for Cascading Style Sheets (CCS) for webpage Tutorials. CCS is a website software tool that simplifies adding style to your Web pages. It helps you to create your own personal style with fonts, colors, titles and spacing.
If you have found this post looking for information on CCS then here are a couple of links that you might find useful:-
- Snoring isn’t Sexy – a website dedicated to snorers and their long-suffering families.
- Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation
- American Sleep Apnea Association
- Narcolepsy Network is a national, non-profit organization of people who have narcolepsy (or related sleep disorders), their families and friends, and professionals involved in treatment, research, and public education regarding narcolepsy.
- Sleepnet.com – Everything you wanted to know about sleep but were too tired to ask.
A Bit About Dr Halls: The owner of this Website
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