Is there a relationship between sleep and health?

sleep and health

In modern life, everyone is very busy, and often there is not enough time for sleep. Young people who study during the day and visit entertainment venues at night often lack sleep. And young mothers are often sleepless. Many people work night shifts or like to do work at night, because of this they often have insomnia and are sleepy and tired during the day. These are not fictions, but facts. Sleep is one of the main human needs and cannot be neglected.

Healthy sleep contributes to excellent well-being, mental and physical health, energy and productivity throughout the day. Why does sleep have such a positive effect on a person? It’s simple, during sleep, the functioning of nerve cells slows down, metabolic processes in the body slow down, and muscles relax. But it is a misconception that our brain is completely resting. He is engaged in various activities. The brain analyzes all the events that happened during the day. If a person is asleep, it is easy for him to do this and nothing prevents the brain from absorbing a lot of new information in the morning.

Most people know that there are the following phases of sleep: the REM phase and the non-REM phase. In small children, REM sleep is long, and in newborns, this sleep mode is half the duration of all sleep. In adults, the duration of non-REM sleep at night is much longer than REM. It is believed that ancient brain structures are responsible for REM sleep. But for non-REM sleep, including slow sleep, “newer” parts of the brain are responsible from the point of view of evolution. One phase replaces another. It is the systematic change of phases that is correct, thanks to which people experience the pleasure of sleep (the feeling of having slept well). If a person has insomnia or deliberately sleeps little, the quality and quantity of phases may be disturbed, and the whole body suffers from this. In addition, serious diseases, such as neurosis, can occur due to systematic lack of sleep.

Dreams occur during the REM sleep phase, because this phase is more similar to the waking period. But not everyone remembers their dreams. One very famous scientist Z. Freud studied this part of sleep. He believed that during dreams, a person does not control his emotions. And knowing what a person dreamed, it is possible to figure out why this or that mental illness developed and how to get rid of certain psychological problems.

The duration of sleep is individual for everyone. It depends on physical and mental work during the day. It also depends on stress, age, weight, a person’s hobbies, habits and the bed on which a person sleeps. Therefore, if you have insomnia, you may need to buy a new bed. Also, the cause of insomnia can be napping during the day. Therefore, don’t nap during the day. Naps can make it hard to fall asleep at night, or you can wake up frequently. If you feel excessive daytime sleepiness, take Armod or Waklert. These medications indirectly block the reuptake of dopamine in the brain to promote wakefulness and clarity of thinking.