Dealing with Insomnia

Sleep to the brain is like insulin to the pancreas. Insomnia affects a great percentage of our population in the US. Insomnia is often considered and treated as an illness when in fact it is a symptom of an underlying condition. We all need a good nights’ sleep to repair our bodies, keep our hearts healthy, reduce stress, help with memory and other mental tasks; and help control our body weight. Scientists believe that sleep maintains and repairs our bodies and minds. Every night we cycle through three stages of sleep ranging from light sleep to deep sleep, and finally, to rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. A complete sleep cycle takes ninety to one hundred minutes on average. While we sleep, our brains are using important neuronal connections that might otherwise get worse from lack of activity. During deep sleep, brain activity that control emotions, decision-making processes, and social interaction stops, allowing us to maintain optimal emotional and social functioning when we are awake. Cell repair and cell growth takes place to combat the affects of stress and UV rays in this stage as well. Hence, deep sleep is really beauty sleep.

Sleep also strengthens our immune system and helps our bodies fight infection. This is because our immune system releases a sleep inducing chemical while fighting a flu or an infection. Sleep helps the body conserve energy and other resources that the immune system requires to mount an effective attack. Start your insomnia treatment as soon as possible to prevent sleep deprivation. Read the complete article: Dealing with Insomnia

This article is for informational purposes only and not to be used for diagnosing, or treating a particular condition