May You Rest And Sleep

May You Rest And Sleep



Did you know that a​ third of​ your life is​ actually spent in​ sleeping? And did you know that the amount of​ energy saved everytime you sleep is​ so unsubstantial? Getting the normal eight hours of​ sleep only amounts to​ about 50 kilo calories, or​ what is​ equivalent to​ the energy that can be had for eating a​ piece of​ toast. if​ that is​ the case, what then is​ the fuss about getting enough sleep in​ order for our body to​ have a​ chance to​ recharge and recuperate from its daily activities?

“Why do we sleep?” is​ a​ question that has eluded many scientists and researchers for many centuries. Until now, they still cannot give a​ definite answer as​ to​ why we sleep. All they could offer is​ the fact that sleep is​ absolutely essential in​ maintaining the normal and healthy function of​ our brains. We have to​ sleep in​ order to​ develop normal levels of​ cognitive skills such as​ speech, memory, innovative and flexible thinking.

A better way to​ understand the significance of​ sleep would be to​ ask the question, “What happens if​ we don't sleep?” Now, we can come up with several answers to​ this question based on our very own experiences.

Lack of​ Sleep

Most people exhibit unpleasant behavior such as​ being sluggish, irritable, grouchy, and forgetful when they don't get enough sleep. Obviously, lack of​ sleep has serious effects on our brain functions. Sleep deprivation results in​ the inability to​ focus and concentrate, or​ having a​ shorter attention span compared to​ when we are fully rested. Inadequacy of​ sleep impairs certain parts of​ the brain that are responsible for the control of​ our cognitive functions, our ability to​ respond to​ stimuli, in​ making decisions and rational judgments. But lack of​ sleep is​ not only a​ matter of​ having an​ “off day”, or​ being irritable, or​ lacking energy. Who would have thought that lack of​ sleep can be a​ contributory factor attributed to​ a​ number of​ disastrous events such as​ the Chernobyl Nuclear Tragedy and the Challenger Shuttle Explosion? Sleep deprivation, when taken to​ the extreme, can lead to​ human error and catastropic consequences.

Sleep Disorder

Sleep deprivation weakens or​ slows down our cognitive functions. it​ poses very serious risks to​ our mental, emotional and physical health.

But what causes lack of​ sleep in​ the first place?


Disorders such as​ insomia and sleep apnea have been the leading causes of​ sleep deprivation. These conditions have been associated with stress, obesity and high blood pressure, among others.


Sleeping Pills

Due to​ the serious consequences of​ sleep deprivation, an​ equally serious thought should be given to​ the need to​ manage our sleeping habits and the various factors that influence our bedtime behavior. Once you have exhausted all means and tips to​ get a​ good night's sleep such as​ avoiding caffeine and daytime naps, or​ relaxing before bedtime --- you may need to​ take another step, this time, towards the option of​ medication. if​ sleep remains elusive inspite of​ the dozens of​ techniques you've used, taking sleeping pills may already be a​ good option for you to​ consider. Sleeping pills are sedative drugs which are used to​ relieve anxiety, stress, depression, and even muscle tension by slowing down the central nervous system. This medication is​ nothing new and dates back many centuries when opiate laudanum, barbituates, benzodiazepines, and non-benzodiapines were introduced. There are several over-the-counter sleeping pills available in​ the market. These medications may not carry the same risks of​ drug dependency and sleeping pill overdose as​ other products released decades ago. However, certain medical conditions such as​ liver and kidney problems may have adverse reaction with the use of​ the current crop of​ sleep-inducing drugs. Frequency of​ use may influence the effectivity of​ the medication. Caution and proper consultation with a​ physician is​ strongly advised. Some side-effects of​ sleeping pills are dizziness and prolonged drowsiness. it​ may also cause dry mouth, severe allergic reaction, facial swelling, lightheadedness, abdominal pain, rash, nausea, vomiting, depression, reduced interest in​ sex, chest pain, sleep-driving, over-eating, blurred vision, and low-blood pressure.
All of​ us deserve to​ find quality rest and relaxation that only sleep can provide. The easiest way to​ start getting that rest is​ by sticking to​ a​ regular sleeping habit and by practicing a​ healthy lifestyle. Living a​ good life is​ not just about the fun and excitement of​ activities done while you are awake. Living a​ good life also means having enough time in​ the sack.




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