Sleep

imageedit_13_5918842766I have learnt that sleep is so important. Rest is when the brain repairs, so a good nights sleep is so important in preventing Seizures…

After a Seizure the best medicine is rest and a good nights sleep is exactly what the Doctor ordered. A good nights sleep of around 9 hours is an except-able amount. A good nights sleep will keep you stronger, happier and healthier mentally and physically. So make sure you sleep well my friends. 

 

The Million-Dollar Question: “How Much Sleep Do I Need?

Dr. Joseph Mercola                                               www.mercola.com imageedit_1_7381468020

Sleep is imperative for physical and mental health. Remember, cutting back on even just a few hours of sleep every night can have serious, far-reaching effects on your health.

Babies do not have regular sleep cycles until they’re about 6 months old. While newborns sleep about 16 to 17 hours per day, they may only sleep for 1 or 2 hours at a time. As babies get older, they need less sleep. However, different babies have different sleep needs. It is normal for a 6-month-old to wake up during the night, and to go back to sleep after a few minutes.

As a general rule, children, especially infants, need significantly more sleep than adults. Sleep experts recommend the following for different age groups:

  • Toddlers (1 to 3 years old ) – 2 to 14 hours a night
  • Preschoolers (3 to 5 years old)– 11 to 13 hours a night
  • School-aged children (up to 12 years old) – 10 to 11 hours a night
  • Teenagers – About 9 hours a night

If you’ve been tossing and turning in bed and have been experiencing some difficulty sleeping at night, I recommend giving these simple lifestyle changes a try

  • Stop watching television or using any of your electronic gadgets at least an hour before going to bed. The blue light from these devices tricks your brain into thinking it’s still daytime and messes up your circadian rhythm.
  • Do not eat a heavy meal or spicy foods close to bedtime.
  • Take note of key factors that disrupt your body’s healthy melatonin production. These include electromagnetic field (EMF) sources and too much light in your bedroom. Switch off Wi-Fi devices and remove all electronics from your room. You can also wear an eye mask or turn off all the lights so you can sleep in total darkness.
  • Keep the temperature in your bedroom at 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius). According to studies, the optimal room temperature for sleep is quite cool, between 60 to 68 degrees F (15.5 to 20 degrees C). However, keeping your room cooler or hotter than that range can lead to restless sleep.
  • Make sure your pillows and mattresses are made from wholesome organic materials that do not contain harsh substances like chemical flame retardants. Studies have shown that flame retardants have numerous side effects, especially in children. In fact, approximately 90 percent of Americans have some level of flame retardant chemicals in their bodies.

How Much Sleep Is Too Much?

  • Too much of something can be bad for you. While there are a lot of Americans who lack sleep, there are also some who may be sleeping more than they should – a habit that can also have negative effects on your health.
  • In one study, researchers revealed that people in their 60s and 70s who sleep nine hours or more each night have a more rapid decline in their cognitive function than those who sleep between six and eight hours. Surprisingly, the long sleepers (9 hours or more) comprised a large portion (40 percent) of the 2,700 study participants. Another 49 percent were considered normal sleepers (6 to 8 hours), while 11 percent slept just five hours or less.
  • To find out if you’re getting enough sleep, observe how long it takes you to fall asleep. If you fall asleep within a few minutes of your head hitting the pillow, chances are you’re most likely sleep deprived. A well-rested person, on the other hand, will take about 10-15 minutes to fall asleep at night.