Where There is Sleep, There is Healing

March 19, 2018

 

By now, we are all well aware of the importance of sleep and have heard some of the horror stories of what happens to our health if we don’t get enough sleep. But what about the link between sleep and healing? What happens to our bodies once we establish a healthy sleep routine? Furthermore, what positive effects do longtime sufferers of sleep apnea experience once they have been treated with CPAP therapy and start sleeping through the night?

 

Where There is Sleep, There is Healing

You’ve lost your car keys, again. You’re on your second cup of coffee, you started your morning running, and now you’re late for work! Imagine slowing it down for just a couple of deep breaths. How did you sleep? How are you sleeping in general?

There are busy people on the run who are not getting enough sleep and there are also busy, very tired people who are trying to sleep – they think they’re sleeping, but they wake up unrefreshed. They are actually suffering and don’t even realize it. These are the people who have sleep apnea. Many don’t even realize it until it’s reported to them by a bed-mate. Sleep apnea along with a variety of other sleeping disorders robs us of our sleep and are bodies time to heal and restore.

 

Sleep and Memory

 

Sleep heals our bodies and restores our minds.

MEMORY

Our memory is improved when we get enough sleep. If you are finding that you are often forgetful, feel scattered, and can’t remember where you put things, start with your sleeping pattern. Take a look at it, ask your partner or someone close to be an outside observer of your sleep. If you suspect snoring, coupled with daytime sleepiness then take our RX form to your family Doctor and request an at-home sleep apnea test.

Research has proven that not only does an adequate sleep help improve our memory, it also helps our mood, our ability to learn new tasks, and to maintain new knowledge longer. The research at a glance, compiled in the below image, was created based on research from the Harvard Medical School. See the full details here.

 

Sleep and healing - research at a glance

 

MORE SLEEP AND HEALING = LESS PAIN

Yes, sleep has actually been proven to lessen pain – thus, a real healer and a positive goal if you’re suffering from any sort of pain. Although pain can sometimes make it harder to sleep, this should be one of your top goals when combatting pain. Sleep can lower inflammation and reduce your overall pain by calming the body down. Ensure that you speak with a professional when dealing with pain and sleepless nights.

 

Sleep and Winning

 

WINNING MORE!

The statistics are in – more sleep, more winning!  “Five swimmers were monitored as part of a study in 2008, they extended their sleep to 10 hours a day for six to seven weeks. At the end of the study the athletes could swim faster and react more quickly. ” – Australian Study.

It is easy to see that our performance would increase when our bodies are looked after. If you imagine your body as a guest that you need to treat like royalty, what would you want for them? What would you do for them? Perhaps set up a beautiful guest bedroom, create all the dynamics of a good sleep, cook nourishing meals, and offer them a variety of hydration options. When we think of our body in such a way, it’s easy to see where we might be falling short and make adequate corrections.

 

GET FIT

A sure way to impede your progress to getting fit is not sleeping enough.  That includes any undiagnosed sleeping disorders. When you don’t sleep enough at night, whether it be through insomnia or untreated sleep apnea, you are more likely to be overweight.  “One study that followed 500 people for 13 years found that people who regularly slept less than seven hours a night were 7.5 times more likely to be overweight — even after controlling for physical activity, family history, and demographic factors.” – Quote from Business Insider

Sweet dreams,

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The opinions expressed here are not those of SleepTech, always consult a professional when dealing with sleep disorders. Take our RX form with you.

Resources:

Memory: http://www.health.com
Memory and Learning: http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu
Pain: https://www.webmd.com

Winning: http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au

Get Fit: http://www.businessinsider.com
https://www.nap.edu/read/11617/chapter/5#59

 

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