Sleep With Comfort
Why is it so hard to get up in the morning? Why is it that I still feel tired in the day even after hours of sleep? Sleep is an essential component of guaranteeing a healthy life, yet no one know what exactly it does to our body and daily functioning. If we don't get enough of it, we might find ourselves in a serious health problem. It is important that we check on the amount of sleep we get every night, and the quality of our sleep.
There are certain factors that prevent us from being completely relaxed and comfortable during sleep. One thing is the consumption of caffeine. The fact that caffeine hinders our sleep is no news, but there are still some people who claim that caffeine does nothing to their bodies and their sleep. I used to say that I had no problem sleeping even right after drinking a full cup of coffee right before sleep.
"Because caffeine is a stimulant, most people use it after waking up in the morning or to remain alert during the day. While it is important to note that caffeine cannot replace sleep, it can temporarily make us feel more alert by blocking sleep-inducing chemicals in the brain and increasing adrenaline production." http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleep-topics/caffeine-and-sleep
It is not long ago that I found out that while I may be able to fall asleep fast, my sleep might not be deep and relaxing enough. The stimulant chemical found in caffeine disrupts the order in certain parts of the brain, keeping you almost half-awake during your sleep, resulting in tiredness and fatigue the next day. If you're taking caffeine throughout the day to keep yourself "awake", you now know it is a silly decision to make.
As you get older, the ability to fall and stay asleep gradually decreases. One factor that might be responsible for contributing in this phenomenon is the increased amount of their daily medications for various health problems such as diabetes, psychiatric illnesses, etc.
"Many older adults, though certainly not all, also report being less satisfied with sleep and more tired during the day. Studies on the sleep habits of older Americans show an increase in the time it takes to fall asleep (sleep latency), an overall decline in REM sleep, and an increase in sleep fragmentation (waking up during the night) with age." http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleep-topics/caffeine-and-sleep
It is often thought that as a person gets older, the amount of sleep required by the body to function properly decreases. This is wrong. Throughout adulthood, the required amount of sleep generally stays the same. It is the medication that acts as a stimulant in the body that keeps many older adults alert during day and night, which can be frustrating and stressful.
If only all of us could sleep like this baby and not feel tired afterward.. If you plan on cutting down your caffeine intake (tea, coffee, chocolate, soda, etc.) and staying healthy, you might be closer to getting there! :)
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