Why Is Sleep So Important

Why Is Sleep So Important

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We all know that sleeping is very important in our lives. Still, some of you may ask yourself why is sleep important? In this article we will show you the benefits of sleeping well, especially when it comes to recovery from surgery.

How Much Do People Sleep?

Our body needs sleeping to recover and get rest for new day. It depends on how old are you, but average adult person needs 7-9 hours of sleep every day. So, as you can see, about 33% of our lives, we are sleeping. For instance, new born babies need 14-17 hours of sleep everyday.

Most of the population does not sleep enough. If you reduce your sleeping time for just 1 hour, it can affect your daily routine very much. There is only 3% people in the World who does not need a lot of sleep.

The best way to check out how much sleep do you need is to try out. Every person is individual, so, for somebody, 6 hours is more than enough to reset, for others, 7 hours may not be enough. For example, I sleep about 5 hours during the night, and then in the afternoon I sleep for 1 or 2 hours more, depending on how tired I am.

Importance of Quality Sleeping

sleeping position

It’s not only the hours what counts when we are speaking about sleeping. Quality of those hours that you spend sleeping is more important. Have you ever fell asleep on a chair? I did, and it wasn’t good feeling when I woke up. Now you understand what I am trying to say.

Two Important Stages Of Sleeping

Two most important stages of sleeping are deep sleep and REM sleep. Deep sleep is time when your body repairs itself and builds up energy for the upcoming day.

REM sleep is mind and mood-boosting stage of sleeping. Your brain is very active (almost as when you are awake), and your eyes move very quickly in different ways. During the REM sleep, you will probably dream. Also, REM sleep helps brain to remember everything you learned that day.

Recovering From Surgery

When it comes to recovering from surgery, which is main goal of our site, sleeping is very important. Our body health is weakened just after surgery and along with all the other things we need to do, at first, we need quality sleep.

During sleep our body will rest and improve recovery. This is because your body is still and muscles can relax 100% which will help your body to recover.

Symptoms of Lack of Sleep

lack of sleep

We all had some symptoms. There is no person who is having enough sleep day by day. 21st century is time of very fast living which reduces our sleeping quality in general.

If you have some of those symptoms, you probably need more time in bed:

  • Rely on the snooze button
  • Need to nap to get through the day (That’s me)
  • Get sleepy on work, meetings etc.
  • Fall asleep while watching TV or relaxing in the evening
  • Fall asleep just when you lay down to bed
  • Get drowsy after heavy meals or while driving
  • Have a hard time going out from the bed in the morning
  • You don’t hear your alarms in the morning

Negative Effects 

trouble sleeping

You all probably think that there is nothing you should worry about if you don’t sleep enough. Well, in most cases, you shouldn’t worry if that is not very common.

For example, nothing bad is going to happen if you don’t get enough sleep once or twice a month. However, when sleep deprivation lasts longer than just a few days, a lot of negative effects may happen:

  • Fatigue, lethargy, and lack of motivation
  • Moodiness and irritability; increased risk of depression
  • Decreased sex drive; relationship problems
  • Impaired brain activity; learning, concentration, and memory problems
  • Reduced creativity and problem-solving skills; difficulty making decisions
  • Inability to cope with stress, difficulty managing emotions
  • Premature skin aging
  • Weakened immune system; frequent colds and infections; weight gain
  • Impaired motor skills and increased risk of accidents; hallucinations and delirium
  • Increased risk of serious health problems including stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and certain cancers

How Can I Improve Sleep Quality?

To improve your sleep quality you need to find out causes of your sleep deprivation. It can be due to physical or mental health issue. If you think that this is the reason, first thing you should do is go to visit your doctor. Like always, visiting doctor is the smartest choice if you tried all the other ways to get a quality sleep. If that’s the case, you will probably get some therapy from doctor or sleeping pills. But mostly, which is our luck, this is not the case.

What Can I Do?

improve sleep quality

There are a lot of things that everybody can do to improve quality of sleeping:
  • If possible, go to bed and wake up every day at same time, including weekends
  • Caffein, alcohol, nicotine, sugary food can disrupt your sleeping, so, avoid them few hours before going to bed
  • Don’t eat heavy meals and drinking a lot of water before going to bed
  • Get rid of stress from work etc. (do that by exercising, walking, hanging with friends)
  • Keep your bedroom dark, cool and quiet
  • Avoid stressful conversations late night, also, don’t use your phone/laptop when going to sleep
  • Get yourself a quality bed, and more important a quality mattress and pillow

Is Mattress Very Important?

mattress sleep quality

We will be short with this one. Mattress Matters! YES, mattress is one of the most important thing if you want to sleep nice and rest for the upcoming day. If your mattress is bad, you may feel back pain, neck pain and anxiety when you wake up. If you don’t have good one, consider buying mattress that is proven to be great for sleeping.

There are a lot of modern technologies used to make mattresses and pillows. In our recent article we wrote that only two positions fits people, it’s either laying or standing. So, you can imagine how important it is to lay on a quality mattress and pillow.

However, if you buy a new mattress, give it time to start working. Human body needs up to 60 days to adapt to a new mattress. To make mattress choice easier for you, we made Best Mattresses To Buy article.



If you don’t know how to choose mattress, check out Mattress Buying Guide Video

Final Words

Just follow steps in this article and you should see changes in few days. It is always important to be full of energy and rested, you will reach higher goals in life, you will have better relationship, you will have more time for everything. Just make yourself a schedule and stick to it as much as possible.

If you have any other questions, feel free to write them below the post as a comment. Also, you can e-mail us on petar@recoveryfromsurgery.com


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  1. Hi Petar, Interesting read about the importance of sleep. I do believe I have a regular sleep rythm, though I don’t wake up as well rested as I would like to be. Maybe there is something with the room or the mattres that I could check out/ make adjustments to.
    Very interesting that you said that our REM sleep helps us to remember things we learned that day. Always nice to learn something new every day. Thanks so much. Love Nanda

    1. Thank you Nanda,
      try to change something in your room to see if there is any difference. However, most of the people still feel a bit sleepy when they wake up but it is a normal thing. Cup of coffee in the morning is helping a lot. Further, sleeping too much is not good also, when I sleep too much, I feel more tired then after 6 hours of sleep.
      We are happy that we can learn you and the others something new 🙂
      Petar

  2. Great post! I have had 2 c-sections and barely noticed I was down, I had no problems sleeping and healed fine. Unfortunately, back in February of this year, I was attacked by a dog, I had 5 stitches on the back of my leg and spent 4 days in the hospital due to infection and having to be monitored. I was then put on bed rest for the next week after being released. Here it is early July and my sleep schedule is STILL not on point, I am going to take some advice from you and hopefully get a good FULL nights rest! Thanks!

    1. Thank you. Oh, you had bad situation.. It may be because it was stressful, but I think it will come with time so you will get a quality sleep. Try some advice and reach us with the results 🙂 Wish you luck.

  3. Interesting article, why do you say that taking a nap is a sign of not getting enough sleep?

    Half the world have a culture based around that – Siesta.

    Curious.

    1. It is one of the signs.. But, as you said, half the world is doing that.. So I wouldn’t consider a nap such a problem, it may be good also, but if you have any more signs along with nap “sign”, you did not sleep enough. The more signs you have, there is a bigger chance that you don’t sleep enough or not quality enough.

  4. Good article. I don’t know if it’s because I’m 37 and I force myself to go to bed early, but it has made me so much more productive. I have never gotten out of bed at 0700hrs on a weekend without cause, now I do it every week. People say that they don’t have enough time, but they probably just have poor time management skills.

    1. Thank you. Congratulations on that.. Yes, it’s time managment what is important, we can’t say that we don’t have time when most of us have..

  5. Hi Petar!
    Great article!
    People often underestimate the importance of sleep due to many reasons like work and/or business. Others even find not sleeping as a goal (maybe trying to find out how long they can stay up?). Aside from these, there are also those that you mentioned about caffeine and alcohol among other things.

    I used to have trouble sleeping or not sleeping very well. When I worked during the night shift were the times it was worse. Now that I work during the day, my sleep pattern is a little bit better, though could still improve.

    Have you heard of astral projection or lucid dreaming? If so, what are your thoughts about them?

    Sleep well!

    -migzzz

    1. Hello,
      thanks for your comment. Since I also worked night shifts, I know how hard is it to get to a normal schedule of sleeping. My nightshifts were from 20,00 to 08,00 in the morning, sometimes it was impossible to fall asleep.

      Yes I heard about both of them. I don’t have any special thoughts on them since I think it’s all our brain activity and I think that it means nothing. Of course, this is only my opinion. For lucid dreaming, I think everybody experienced that when we try to control what happens in our dreams, most time it happens when we wake up from our dream and want to have that dream again.

      Greetings,

      Petar 🙂

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