Sleep is the "chief nourisher in life’s feast". It heals and restores the body, facilitating growth and playing a major role in maintaining general health and vitality. Sleep also assists mental function - helping everything from memory storage and retention to enabling new learning and development. It really can make a big difference in how productive and successful you are in life.
Astonishing Sleep Fact! According to a study carried out by Australian scientists, just one sleepless night has the same effect on co-ordination, reaction time and judgment the following day as consuming up to the weekly limit of alcohol recommended in Britain - 14 units for women and 21 for men - at one sitting.
WHAT CONSTITUTES A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP?
Falling asleep rapidly when you are ready and waking up when you want to, feeling refreshed and ready for the day, then remaining bright, alert and happy until you next want to sleep - that’s good sleep. How do you rate?If the answer is "not so good", that’s even more reason to come and see us. Science has extended what the ancient Hindus knew, that there are three states of mind: wakefulness, dreaming sleep, and dreamless sleep. We now recognize at least five stages of sleep.
Stage 1 - drowsiness
Stage 2 - light sleep
Stages 3 and 4 - deep sleep or slow wave sleep
Stage 5 - REM (dreaming sleep).
Using this technology it has been possible to quantify how different factors disturb sleep. If you wake up in the morning having slept through the night, but nonetheless feeling awful, tests show a common cause is an uncomfortable bed, generating continual tossing and turning because you are getting sore and stiff. Sleep is likely to be less refreshing than it should be and consequently, despite the amount of time spent in bed, you still won’t feel good. This causes daytime fatigue and tiredness.