Summer has come to a close! It’s time to go back to school and work with a newly invigorated intensity and drive. The easygoing summer vibe is quickly replaced by the motivation to start the fall work season off with a bang. You know that in busy times, sleep can easily fall by the wayside and forgone for more hours dedicated to success.
In this week’s Wellness Series post, we want to remind you of the importance of sleep. Take a moment to consider what our Medical Experts have to say about sleep, and do your best to get enough shuteye to have a fun and productive fall.
Scientists have gone to great lengths to fully understand sleep’s benefits. In studies of humans and other animals, they have discovered that sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions.-Dr. Michael Fisher
[It] varies. Some need at least 6-8 hrs of sleep each night. Others may get by with only 4-5 hrs and others may require more than 9 hrs. You may try to experiment with different time periods to see what your body needs. Sleep may be interrupted by episodes of apnea (breathing stops for a few moments), this would make you feel tired, no matter how long you sleep.-Dr. Neeoo Chin
Most probably. I call sleep a medicine. Lack of sleep affects every aspect of your health. If you get enough sleep your bodily functions can work properly, your immunity to fight infection improves and overall health improves.Put simply, you feel better! – Dr. Marsha Davis
Maybe. Human growth hormone (hgh) is particularly released during delta phase of sleep, the deepest sleep level. In an adult, hgh is involved in many pathways involved in maximum tissue and organ performance and minimizes age related breakdown. Remember, it is not necessarily total sleep time but more so the quality and level of delta sleep levels that may be at play. – Dr. Sal Aragona
Be consistent. Here are some tips-
- Turn off TV/Computer one hour before wanting to sleep.
- Quiet music is OK.
- No caffeine for 8 hours prior to going to sleep.
- REGULAR EXERCISE (even in the evening- some people sleep better when they exercise later).
- Eat a smaller dinner.
- Go to bed at the same time, every night.
- Read quietly.
You may need a sleeping pill, if so, see your doc. -Dr. James Cunnar
[A] comfortable one. People sleep in many positions, back, abdomen, and side. With proper support of the neck, legs, and back most any position is best. Some would prefer you not sleep on the abdomen due to the greater rotation of the cervical spine. Pillows are very important. Those that support the neck, lower back, between the legs help maintain normal curvature and posture. Sleep on it and find out [what’s] best for you.-Dr. Danny Proffitt
Clearly sleep is extremely important if you wish to perform at the best of your abilities. HealthTap’s Medical Expert Network agrees that sleep should be high on your priority list, even when work gets busy. If you have more questions or concerns about sleep and your sleep habits, please check out the sleep topic on HealthTap today. And remember to get a good night’s sleep tonight; you will surprise yourself how well you will feel tomorrow.
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