Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WHEN YOU SLEEP IS AS IMPORTANT AS HOW LONG YOU SLEEP

I am a worrier. I seem to worry the most at night which results in a lot less sleep than I need. I rarely, if ever get my eight hours of sleep. Poor sleep can lead to fatigue. With fatigue, you exercise less and that leads to a decline in your fitness level. It is a vicious cycle that causes both physical and mood-related symptoms.
 
I used to be a morning person. Up at the crack of dawn, coffee in hand, surfing the net, checking the latest news before the kids stumbled out of bed and the morning rush began. Lately, I have had trouble sleeping. I am up at dawn because I failed to sleep at all.


If you are like me, you might be interested in a study out of Binghamton University that concludes that when you go to sleep matters when it comes to fending off "repetitive negative thinking."

The researchers say that people who are night owls wake later in the day tend to obsess about their problems more than people who keep more regular sleeping hours. "Making sure that sleep is obtained during the right time of day may be an inexpensive and easily disseminable intervention for individuals who are bothered by intrusive thoughts," says one of the researchers for the study published in Cognitive Therapy and Research.

Apparently it is all tied to the brains natural sleep rhythms and when it is best suited to handle high-level cognitive processes. When the lights go out, our brains start working–but in an altogether different way than when we’re awake.

I envy those of you that go to bed by ten and are up by six thirty.



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