Facts about sleep
Did you know that we spend one-third of our lives sleeping? Getting the right amount of sleep is just as important for the body as eating and drinking. The recommended hours sleep depends on the individual:
· Babies need between 16 -18 hours of sleep each day.
· School-aged children and teens need at least 9 hours of sleep per day.
· Adults need to have between 7-9 hours of sleep per day.
The effect of sleep loss on the body
· Central Nervous System – The central nervous system is main information provider for your body and getting the right amount of sleep is essential to keep it functioning correctly. Sleep loss can disrupt how the body sends and process information and this can lead to lack of concentration, increased difficult when learning need things or even reduction of coordination which in turn increases chances of accidents.
· Immune System – The immune system provides the protective substances such as antibodies and cytokines to fight bacteria and viruses that enter the body. Sleep loss will cause a decrease in production of these substances making it easier for your body to succumb to sickness and in worse causes increase risk for chronic conditions for example heart disease.
· Digestive System – The digestive system is responsible for getting food in and out of the body. Sleep loss can cause risk of becoming of overweight and obese as sleep affects the levels of two hormones within the body, leptin and ghrelin which are the hormones that control feelings of hunger and fullness. Sleep loss causes your brain to reduce leptin and increase ghrelin which results in overeating at night. Furthermore sleep los can make you feel too tired to physical activities which overtime will cause you to gain weight because you are not burning enough calories.
Healy Sleep programs
Here are the sleep programs that Healy provides for treatment of sleep loss:
· Sleep Syst – Frequencies to assist the bioenergetic field to optimise shifting into a delta state (deep sleep).
· Bed Rest – The bioenergetic promotion of parasympathetic functions (recovery and relaxation). Parasympathetic functions in the body helps slow the heart, conserve energy, and increase intestinal activity which in turn helps the body digest food.
· Balanced Sleep – Bioenergetic balancing of the deep sleep phase.
· Fine Flow – Bioenergetic activation though ionic movement in the body. The fine flow frequencies support the movements of charged ion particles through body which helps regulate neuronal communication, neurotransmitter and hormone releases that support healthy sleep states.