Friday, January 14, 2011
To sleep, per chance to dream
We know about food, exercise, vitamins and water, but how about sleep. Over the past few weeks, I've read a number of news pieces about the growing body of research finding a link between the amount of sleep we get and our weight. Apparently, people who get the full eight hours are much less likely to have weight problems. The lack of sleep disrupts hormone balance. Bascically, when you don't get enough sleep, your body has too little leptin and too much ghrelin. (Ghrelin even sounds like gremlin---devious 1980's monsters, remember them?)
This one is a no-brainer for me. I love sleeping. I love my bed. I love comfy pajamas. On the days I wake up at 7:30 a.m. (total luxury, I know), I can't go to bed any later than 11:30 p.m. which means I've got to be in bed with my book no later than 11 p.m. On other days, the bedtime routine has to start earlier.
Researchers say adults need 7 hours minimum. If you're on the borderline, ask yourself:
Am I drowsy, especially the morning?
Do I fall asleep at night in a couple of minutes?
Most non-sleep-deprived people take about 15 minutes to fall asleep at night. Chronic sleepiness and a nearly-instant state of sleep when you get into bed are good indicators that you're not getting enough sleep.
Posted by Apis Melliflora at 8:35 AM