Health 17 August 2020
For many, sleep is something that's a regular occurrence at the end of the day. It's often not thought about in an important sense when in reality, it's something we should all be doing something about. It's incredibly important for the healing of our mind and body and should be taken more seriously than we do. Sleep is linked with a vast array of physical and mental ailments and disorders, so getting the recommended 8 hours a night should be at the forefront of our mind. Why is that? Here we take a look at everything you need to know about sleep.
Sleep Is As Important As Your Exercise Routine
There are many people on the planet that take their fitness very seriously. They have a strict workout routine and a strict diet that they won't stray from. This is a great habit to be in, but the reality is if you aren't getting enough sleep, none of it really matters. The need for sleep doesn't just lie with letting our brains have a rest, it's essential for the regeneration of muscle. You can be working out six times a week with the best diet, but if you don't have enough sleep every night, then your body won't react in the same way as you would hope.
Your Recommended Night Sleep
It's said that, on average, an adult will need around 8 hours of sleep per night. However, in 2015 the national sleep foundation issue new recommendations of a wider sleep range for most age groups. From a young adult to an elderly adult, the range doesn't really change too much. A young adult is classed as anyone from the age of 18-25, and it's recommended that they have 7-9 hours of sleep per night. This is the same for adults with an age range of 26-64, and it changes ever so slightly with anyone older than 65 with a range of 7-8 hours.
The difference in sleep range in regards to children is far more dramatic. The recommended amount of sleep per night for children changes three times in 2 years and another three times up until they are 18 years of age.
Sleep Disorders Are a Thing
We all know someone that always states they are struggling with their sleep. Whether they can't get to sleep, or they wake up too early, or they can't stay asleep for longer than 2 hours. Everyone has a different problem, but that's not to say it can't be fixed. The professionals from Snooze EZ explain that there are plenty of different ways to try and get to sleep. There are traditional techniques and modern ones alike. Whether a medication route is best for you or a more worldly herbalist treatment, there will be something that works.
Getting to sleep in the evening can be tough, but it's all about winding down and having a routine. You aren't a child, but who's to say a routine isn't going to benefit you? There's a reason we have structure throughout our days, so why can't we have it in our evenings?
Snoring Can Be a Sign
A whopping 45% of adults in the US suffer from snoring. Whilst the majority won't know they are snoring, their partner certainly will. There are plenty of ways to help with this, but first, you should consult a specialist. Snoring is actually a sign that you could be suffering from sleep apnea, a condition that stops you from breathing when you're asleep. Needless to say, it could be pretty serious.
This is a common disorder that's known to pause your breathing during your sleep. In turn, this leads to a reduced flow of oxygen to the areas of the body that need it most and will cause poor sleep quality. When your oxygen levels reach a low point, the brain will order the body to wake up, meaning they will never truly fall into a deep level of sleep—something which is important to our growth, development, and health. You won't necessarily know it's happening, but you'll wake up feeling groggy, sluggish, and unrested.
Sleep apnea usually means your body will go through sleep deprivation and the strain of coping without much oxygen. This will put a serious strain on the heart, brain, and the rest of your body.
Sleep is an interesting subject that has been the topic of scientific research for years. This will continue until we truly know the depth of why sleeping is so important to us. For now, we can look and understand everything we have in order to take our sleeping a little more seriously. Don't let your body suffer, rearrange your sleep schedule, and reap the rewards of 40 winks.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist