What Happens When You Sleep

November 30, 2016 11:53 AM

SleepWe all know that sleep is essential to human health and well-being. Healthcare professionals recommend 7-8 hours sleep per night for adults, but many of us do not get that much on a consistent basis. Work or family stress, medical conditions, shifting work schedules, and coping with babies or toddlers all seem to conspire against a full night’s sleep.

Lack of sleep has many health consequences. Poor sleep interferes with the human immune system, raising the changes of contracting an infection such as a cold for the flu. Less than optimal sleep also causes poor memory, foggy thinking, and an inability to concentrate. Catching up with a sleep deficit on weekends is better than nothing but certainly is not ideal for good health.

Sleeping is more than just “checking out” or turning yourself off for a few hours. While your body isn’t busy, your brain uses the hours of steady sleep to reorganize itself, store long term memories, and process toxins that have build up in a whole day of thinking. Your body also uses that time to regulate metabolism and heal damaged tissues.

A good night’s sleep is vital to staying well and aging well. If you have trouble falling                                                                 asleep or staying asleep, speak with one of our Board-certified sleep specialists.                                                                       Call: 855.385.HEAL (4325).




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