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REMfresh FAQ - Sleep FAQs

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An Institute of Medicine review of clinical research found that sleep is foundational to health.1  Studies have shown that lack of sleep can be associated with increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression and a compromised immune system.1,2,9 Additionally, sleep has a high epidemiological correlation with a variety of existing

conditions such as gastrointestinal, neurological, and pulmonary disorders.1 Several medications such as beta-blockers and statins can exacerbate sleep issues.4-7  Many prescription and nonprescription sleep drugs can make sleep issues worse.

Occasional sleeplessness is a common disorder. One in three adults suffer from it, often in silence. Sleep issues affect women more frequently than men, due to menopausal changes.2  Although occasional sleeplessness can occur at any age, adults over 40 are more likely than younger people to have sleep issues, partially due to a reduction in production and secretion of the body’s own sleep hormone, melatonin.

Sleep is an essential part of every individual’s life. Sleep is an active process involving a complex and choreographed series of biological events. There are many reasons so many people have occasional trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. These include a shortage of melatonin, especially as people progress in age. Additionally, other factors, including poor sleep hygiene and exposure to blue light may further negatively impact sleep.

Microsleep is described as short bursts of sleep that can last for a fraction of a second and up to 10 seconds(https://academic.oup.com/sleep/article-abstract/43/1/zsz225/5574726).These episodes usually occur in a sleep-deprived person who is fighting off falling asleep and trying to stay awake. Some signs of microsleep include blank stare, head-snapping and prolonged eye closure.

Sleep issues will vary from person to person, but there are a few factors that will make you more likely to suffer from poor sleep. Things like high-stress levels, certain medications, age, irregular work schedules and working the night shift can all make it more difficult to catch the zzz’s your mind and body need when your head finally hits the pillow.

Addressing these factors first can help you improve your shut-eye and keep sleep deprivation at bay.

Your smartphone, TV and laptop all emit blue light. While this light ray doesn’t impact your ability to scroll through your Facebook or Instagram feed, it does hinder your body’s natural production of melatonin, making it harder to fall asleep.

Without enough shut-eye, you are at risk of developing sleep issues in the future. To combat this, try enacting a digital curfew in your household as part of the REMfresh® Sleep Hygiene Cycle™.

There may be a lot of different factors causing your sleeplessness, including your age, stress level, exposure to light, jet lag or irregular work schedule. Some other causes,which you should consult your physician about,include medical conditions and medications you’re taking as well as your weight.

The body requires a certain amount of sleep in order to properly rest, repair, and renew itself. Sleep is customarily divided into four stages, with each stage having a different effect. These stages are N1, N2, deep sleep, and REM sleep.(Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11617.html)

The body moves among these stages several times while asleep. If sleep is disrupted for any reason, the body may not have a chance to properly restore itself, especially if it is struggling to get to the later stages: deep sleep and REM sleep. Studies have shown that at least 7 hours of quality sleep is important for learning, memory, and a healthy immune system(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6281147/). A regular pattern of deep sleep and REM sleep will help to begin the next day feeling refreshed and ready to go.

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