March 16, 2018
What a wonderful day; World Sleep Day! According to www.worldsleepday.org, “World Sleep Day is an annual event, intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving. It is organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of World Sleep Society and aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders.”
This years slogan, “Preserve your rhythms to enjoy life” is aiming to raise awareness of the importance of circadian rhythms in healthy sleep. Not only is sleep near and dear to my heart, but the science behind sleep, such as circadian rhthyms, biological clocks and darkness are my main focus when working with families. Not sure how dark, dark should be? See pictures and explanations here. Being the sleep geek I am, today is a day I’m giddy about!
If you’ve worked with me, follow my blogs or on Facebook, you’re aware of my passion about sleep waves, sleeping in darkness and getting outside. All are proven science to help regulate and provide quality, restorative sleep. If you’d like to learn more:
A little about circadian rhythms
- Circadian rhythms are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a daily cycles (we all thrive on routines and schedules!).
- Natural factors within the body produce circadian rhythms. However, they also respond to environmental factors such as light and darkness and sunlight…(have you heard me speak about that, uh, a thousand times?!)
- Circadian rhythms can influence sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, eating habits and digestion, body temperature, and other important bodily functions.
The Importance of Sound, Restorative Sleep – for all ages!
All taken from www.worldsleepday.org
- Sound sleep is one of the three pillars of good health along with a balanced diet and regular exercise.
- Research shows that we spend up to one-third of our lives sleeping. Sleep is a basic human need, much like eating and drinking, and is crucial to our overall health and well-being.
- Individuals who get an entire night’s sleep without any interruptions experience lower rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and other chronic illnesses.
- Lack of sleep or poor quality sleep is known to have a significant negative impact on our health in the long and short term. Next day effects of poor quality sleep include a negative impact on our attention span, memory recall and learning.5 Longer term effects are being studied, but poor quality sleep or sleep deprivation has been associated with significant health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, weakened immune systems and even some cancers.6,7,8
- Lack of sleep is related to many psychological conditions such as depression, anxiety and psychosis.9,10
- Healthy sleep in children will improve the child’s overall wellness and development. WORLD SLEEP SOCIETY has created the 10 commandments of Healthy Sleep for Children, available at www.worldsleepday.org.
- Quality sleep is responsible for alertness, improved functioning the following day and better quality of life.
You are never too old, you are never “too far gone” to improve sleep! Better sleep is always possible! Your health depends on it.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Nov 9, 2017., https://www.nigms.nih.gov/education/pages/Factsheet_CircadianRhythms.aspx
5 Ohayon MM et al. Correlates of global sleep satisfaction in the psychiatric diagnosis categories. Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 2002; 56: 239-240
6 Taheri S, Lin L, Austin D et al. Short sleep duration is associated with elevated ghrelin, reduced leptin and increased body mass index. PLoS Med 2004; 1(3): e62
7 Gottlieb DJ, Punjabi NM, Newman AB et al. Association of sleep time with diabetes mellitus and impaired glucose tolerance. Arch Intern Med 2005; 165(8): 863-7
8 Gumustekin K, Seven B, Karabulut N et al. Effects of sleep deprivation, nicotine and selenium on wound healing in rats. Neurosci 2004; 114: 1433-1442
9 Zammit GK, Weiner J, Damato N et al. Quality of life in people with insomnia. Sleep 1999; 22 Suppl 2: S379-85
10 Beusterien KM, Rogers AE, Walslenben J et al. Health related quality of life effects of modafinil for treatment of narcolepsy. Sleep 1999; 22(6): 757-765
Through her informative and supportive blog posts and one-on-one help, she’s here to guide your child into restorative naps and peaceful nights - while making you wonder why you didn’t contact her sooner.
When she’s not consulting?You’ll find her hanging with her 2 children, getting her sweat on at the gym or baking and indulging in warm ooey-googey chocolate-chip cookies….hobbies that balance each other out!
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