We cannot stress enough, the pivotal role sleep has on a person’s overall fitness and health levels. This is not just limited to physical health – sleep also has a great impact on mental wellbeing.
Research suggests that the average adult should be getting between 7-9 hours of sleep, every night. And if they do so – not only can they expect to see a boost in their energy levels and mood, and benefits to their heart and weight; they can also expect to see an enhancement in their memory and mental capability.
According to researchers, people were better at remembering faces and names, they were seeing for the first time, when they got eight hours of quality sleep.
This research further supports the emphasis that should be placed on identifying and treating sleeping disorders, such as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.
Although a person may think they are sleeping for 8 hours every night, they are not achieving the deep, quality sleep that is vital for our body’s rest and recovery. This is because throughout the night, an Obstructive Sleep Apnoea sufferer – will experience a number of apnoeas (breathing pauses) and hypopneas (breathing restrictions), which occur when their airway becomes obstructed. These pauses and reductions in a person’s airflow are preceded by snoring, and often followed by a choking/gasping sound – which indicates the brain is reacting to a drop in oxygen and is momentarily waking up. This can happen up to 100 times an hour across the night – and therefore a person experiencing this will never reach the deep, quality sleep that they need and will wake up feeling exhausted.
If you recognise any of the above issues in yourself, or a close friend or family member – then head to Intus Healthcare’s website, where they have invaluable information about Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, and the most effective treatment available, CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure).