Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sleep Digest: Sleep affects your lifestyle

By: Asikin, Pek Yeng

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Sleep is one of the things that should be concerned and it is as important as nutrition, exercise and stress management.

Unfortunately, more and more people neglect their sleep. Here we have listed on how sleep effects on your lifestyle.

  • If you have insufficient rest it may drain your sexual desire. It happens to both genders. “Sleeplessness also boosts production of the stress hormone cortisol, which further decreases testosterone,” says Laurie Mintz, Ph.D., associate professor of educational, school, and counselling psychology at the University of Missouri, US, and author of A Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex. 

  • Study revealed that when caffeine intake is about three to four cups of coffee or energy drink, the caffeine may at first make a person feel energized. Yet one of the negative effects of caffeine has been its ability to disrupt sleep cycles, causing less deep sleep, particularly when the person drinks caffeinated beverages within a few hours of bedtime plus he or she designated at risk for sleep apnea. Snoring is one of the hallmarks. 

  • Can enough sleep really help us control our weight? Yes it is. Sleep helps regulate the hormones that affect and control your appetite. When you don't get enough sleep, it drives leptin levels down, which means you do not feel satisfied after you eat. Lack of sleep also causes ghrelin levels to rise, which means your appetite is stimulated, so you want more food. In addition, Leptin and ghrelin work in a kind of "checks and balances" system to control feelings of hunger and fullness, explains Michael Breus, PhD, a faculty member of the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine. 

  • Go to sleep directly after learning something new is beneficial for memory. So, this is a good way if you want to memorize the important thing. Say it before sleep, you will remember it the next day. 

Sleep may seem like a waste of time. You could use the time to answering e-mail, doing the dishes and more. But research shows that you are more likely to succeed in your life and enjoy your greater well-being if you get some serious sleep.


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