My View 5.17.09

Nothing feels worse than hearing your alarm clock ring in the morning when your body is screaming for a few extra hours of rest. To tell you the truth, I really don’t think I’ve caught up on the hour that was lost during the daylight savings change.

I’ve recently read

an article that stated that many people don’t get as much sleep as they should. Whether we’re kept awake by our partner’s snoring or we stay up too late watching TV, we wake up tired, groggy and cranky... no wonder the coffee industry does so well.

Unfortunately, sleep deprivation has some side effects and they can’t all be remedied with a little extra caffeine.

It was also said while the mechanism of sleep isn’t fully understood yet, doctors and scientists do know that it’s one of our body’s most important processes.

Studies show that sleep is important for cellular renewal, helping to replace muscle tissue and dead cells throughout the body. These studies have also shown that sleep is a key time for the brain to process and archive information, including memories. Deep restorative sleep, the kind associated with dreaming, seems to stimulate regions of the brain used in learning.

Ok, maybe now we are getting somewhere with all of this. This could explain how and why teenagers act the way they do at times. Everyone knows teenagers and young adults don’t get as much sleep as they should be getting. And even better, could I have finally stumbled upon the answers to my many mysterious afflictions? I surely hope so!

They also said, every night without adequate rest is like adding to a sleep debt that will eventually have to be repaid to avoid further consequences. It was said, after just one sleepless night, we can feel the first effects of sleep deprivation including irritability, memory loss and drowsiness, which can lead to more serious problems as depression and yes, even type 2 diabetes with added lack of sleep.

Whether you’re experiencing short-term or long-term side effects from sleep deprivation, I think they are equally dangerous. According to this study, it is very important to get an adequate amount of sleep to elude any of these effects and to avoid any unwanted situations.

So, if you’re feeling a little run down or just not yourself these days, turn in early tonight and get some extra sleep!

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