The Health Dangers of Insomnia

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The Health Dangers of Insomnia

          The human body is comparable to a machine that is required to work 24 hours a day. Just as a machine requires maintenance and breaks, your body requires sleep. During sleep the body repairs itself and recuperates. Sleep boosts memory and cognitive function, is a key factor in the body’s waste disposal, and provides you with the energy to be fresh and active the following day. Getting enough sleep in terms of hours and quality are important factors in maintaining a healthy mind and body. Sleep can also be a major contributor to disease prevention, and can even be a part of some health conditions. For example:

 

  • Quality sleep from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. – This will help the lymphatic system get rid of waste more efficiently as well as strengthen your immune system
  • Quality sleep from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. - Sleep during this period will help the liver clean itself more effectively. It will also encourage your skins cells to engage in self-repair and cause new cells to grow 8 times faster
  • Quality Sleep from midnight to 4 a.m. –Will boost the bone marrow’s ability to create red blood cells more efficiently
  • Quality Sleep from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m.: - More effective detoxification of gall bladder
  • Quality Sleep from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m.: -Helps the lungs clean itself more effectively

Symptoms of Insomnia

Someone with insomnia will often take 30 minutes or more to fall asleep and may get only six or fewer hours of sleep for three or more nights a week over a month or more. Other symptoms include: difficulty falling asleep at night, awakening during the night, not feeling well rested after a night's sleep, daytime tiredness or sleepiness, irritability, depression or anxiety, difficulty paying attention, focusing on tasks or remembering, increased errors or accidents, tension headaches, distress in the stomach and intestines (gastrointestinal tract)

If insomnia is having a significant impact on daily function, it is recommended to visit a doctor to determine the cause of your insomnia and potential treatment methods. If a sleep disorder is diagnosed your will be referred to appropriate specialists supported by the latest in medical technology.