The importance of Sleep

According to the statistical data provided by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, America, approximately half of the total population of the country has trouble sleeping. When asked from the people about their sleeping hours most of them reported that they are not able to have a sleep less than 6 to 7 hours on an average. Reasons could be many. Some of them snored, had trouble in concentrating, fall asleep unintentionally during day and few faced difficulty while driving.

As stated by Dian Griesel and Tom Griesel, co authors of “TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust”, having inadequate sleep decreases the effects of the hormones that are released in the body during sleep. Considering little sleep as advantageous is actually a big mistake. For normal healthy and optimal functionality of the body, 8 hours of sleep is the minimum requirement. Griesels have focused over the fact that long back when then mankind was far away from the idea of electricity, they used to set buy the sun and grow with the natural rhythm of the nature as the consequence of which their body cycles were normal as well. But late night TV, junk foods, irregular meals have potentially hampered the natural schedules of the body cycle that has disrupted the generation of sleep hormone, melatonin. This hormone is a potent antioxidant and has several biological benefits and regulates a number of functions occurring inside the human body. It also plays a role in protecting thee mitochondrial and nuclear DNA.

Importance of sleep

For better functioning of brain, heart health and immune system, it is best for our bodies to go through five stages of sleep each night. The first four of these stages are related to healthy learning, metabolism and memory and the fifth regulates the mood and forms emotional memories and is known as rapid eye movement sleep. In their book, you will also get a chance to know few steps that could improve your sleeping time which includes, exercising regularly at least 3 hours before bedtime, avoiding TV at bedtime rather go for relaxing routines, having chamomile tea one hours before bedtime, having 7 to 8 hours of sound sleep at night and accordingly setting up the routine and sleeping in a conductive environment which is quiet, dark, comfortable and cool. As you wake up in the morning, you will feel the freshness in you!