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Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Healthy Sleep

I suppose we all heard that we need to get a good, seven to eight hours of sleep at night. Unfortunately, that is not a story made up by people who like to stay in bed as long as they can, but it is based upon the actual results of studies.

Research found that sleeping less then seven consecutive hours has all kinds of negative effects on the body. The first one we will usually experience right away by being tired throughout the day, grouchy, and not as sharp as usual. It even inhibits our learning abilities, memory, and makes us slow to react.

Another, less obvious consequence is that we tend to eat more. Too little sleep has a negative impact on the levels of the hormone leptin. This hormone is needed to keep our hunger under control and when the levels go down, our appetite goes up.

Where sleep deprivation lowers the levels of leptin, it increases the levels of stress hormones and that means that more glucose is being pumped into our blood. Another side effect is also that insulin may not work as well as it used to, because the body becomes less sensitive to it.

An even more serious effect is that a shortage of sleep lowers your immune system and makes you more vulnerable to catching a cold, suffering from inflammations, and it increases the risk for a heart attack, stroke, and also osteoporosis.

When waking up each day before your clock sounds its alarm, you get enough sleep, but you don't when you experience one or more of the above symptoms. It may well be that worries, stress and pressure, deprive us from our so needed sleep.

We shouldn't give into it, because in many cases it so turns out that there is nothing we can do about it. God can and He certainly will in His appointed time!

Psalm 127:2
It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.


Blogger audrey` said...

AMEN! to your last paragraph :) A few nights ago, I went to bed at 1:15am. Then I woke up at 3am. Unbelievable. I tried to return to sleep but the mind wondered around and about. HaHa! I had enough sleep the following night :) Praise Him!

Perhaps that's why I'm so fat ^grin^

January 25, 2012 2:28 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

I sympathize. :-)
I am glad you got some good sleep the next night.


God's Grace.

January 25, 2012 7:48 AM  

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