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What I would give for a good night's sleep !"
 
That complaint is common theses days.
Many people constantly push themselves ,
and the daily stress and tension of modern life takes it's toll.
 
Doctors , police officers , fire fighters , truck drivers,
workers on rotating shifts , mothers with children ,
and many others are robbed of the sleep their bodies need.
 
The millions of people who expirence the frustrations associated
with lack of sleep are keenly interested in knowing how to get sound,
refreshing sleep.  

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The Role Of Sleep...
 
Sleep, or at least a period of rest ,
seems to be universal among liveing creatures.
If you have pets such as cats , dogs , or birds,
you have no doubt observed that cats and dogs regularly curl up
and drop off to sleep and that birds become quiet and go to sleep when
darkness comes..
 
Just about all animals, birds , and insects have a need for sleep,
or at least a periods of reduced activity.
 
For humans, sleep is an absolute must. 
 

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Some people think sleep is simple a period of rest.
But it is more then that.
 
" Sleep is actually a complicated process of muscles tensing and relaxing,
pulse and blood pressure riseing and fallling and the mind churning out it's own home movies,"
Says The Toronto Star.
 
"When people fall asleep, " states The World Book Encyclopedia,"
all activity decresses and the muscles relax.
The heartbeat and breathing rate slow down. "
 
Although scientists, and researchers have studied sleep for many decades,
basic mysteries remain about it's vital role.
 
These investigators have not even discovered what sleep actually is
or why we sleep.

Says Dr Eliot Phillipson of the sleep research laboratory
at Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Hospital:
We don't know the critical biological events that occur in sleep that
restores us. " 
 
Most Adults Need Seven or Eight Hours Of Sleep Every Night...  
 



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During sleep, changes occur in the body that effects our immune system.
Boy parts relax and get rest, counteracting the wear and tear the of day's activitys.
 
The general clean-up work carried on through the blood stream operates efficiently , and the chemical balanced is restored..

So sleep may be compared to a night crew that comes in to get things
repaired and cleaned up for the next day.
One of the most important functions of sleep is to allow the nervous system to recuperate from it's use during the day.
 
As The World Encycopedia says,
" Sleep restores energy to the body,
partcularly the brain and nervous system.. "


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How Much Sleep ?
 
Most adults need seven or eight hours of sleep a night.
Some require less , others more.

There are some who say they do reasonably well on four or five hours,
Though some of them may take naps during the day.
Infants need more sleep then adults.

Particularly when people get older ,
they may find that they awaken several times during the night.
Some may feel that this is a sign of the onset of serious sleep problems.
However , while older people may not have the same quality of sleep
that they did when they were younger , expirements have shown
that wakeing up a few times during the night is not a cause for alarm.
 
Usually , the wakeing time for most who do this is brief,
perhaps only a few minutes , before they fall asleep again.

No matter what one's age is , though, one should not expect to
have the the same soundness of sleep all night..
Sleep works in cycles of deeper sleep alternating withl lighter sleep.
In the course of a night,
a person may have a number of theses cycles.      




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Dangers From Lack Of Sleep.....
 
" Researchers are becoming increasingly concerned about the number
of people who get far to little sleep.
Chronic lack of sleep they warn , can have dire consequences both
for ourselves and the people around us, " reports The Toronto Star..
 
" People deprived of sleep lose energy and become quick- tempered..
After two days without sleep, a person finds that lengthy concentration
becomes difficult......
 
Many mistakes are made , expecially in routine tasks ,
and attention slips at times....
 
People who go without sleep for more then three days have great
difficulty thinking , seeing , and hearing clearly.
 
Some have peroids of hallucinations , during which they see things
that do not really exist , " relates The World Book Encyclopedia.     

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Tests have found that after four days of sleeplessness,
a test subject could perfom only a few routine tasks.
 
Thoses tasks requiring attention or even minimun metal agility
become unbearable.
 
Loss of concentration And mental agility were the worst factors.
 
After four and a half days, there was signs of delirium,
and the person's visual world became quite grotesque.
 
Lack of sleep can lead to major problems.
More than one sleepy person has fallen asleep at the wheel while
driveing a car and has become involved in a fatal accident.
 
Sleeplessness can also lead to a family and marriage problems,
since persistent lack of sleep makes one more irratable and harder
to get along with..
 
Getting a good nights sleep is more important than some may realize.. 

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Getting a Good Nights Sleep...

Sleep specialist Dr Jeffrey J. Lipsitz of the Sleep Disorder Center
of Metropolitan Toronto suggests the following for getting a good
nights sleep...

Sleep in secure , quiet, dark surroundings and on a comfortable bed.
Do not nap late in the day , even if you slept poorly the night before;
try to stay awake and to go to bed at your usual time.

Avoid heavy exercise and large meals just before bedtime.
Maintain regular sleeping hours,
as this will help the body acquire a constant sleep-awake rhythm.

Get into the routine of winding down before you go to bed.
Avoid doing things that may tend to get you wound up and wider awake.
For instance, avoid exciting movies, T.V. programs or reading material.

Haveing stimulating discussions just before going to bed may also tend
to keep you awake....   
For some , takeing a warm ( not hot ) bath or reading light material that
is not stimulating is helpful..

So may be sleep-inducing helps , such as warm milk , buttermilk ,
a little wine , or herb teas of hops , mint , or chamomile--
but not teas with caffeine...  

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It is generally agreed, however,
that just winding down before going to bed may not be enough in itself.

A sound, balanced life with regular exercise and that is free from the
anxieties and frustrations caused by greed, jealousy, hostlity,
and ambition contributes to the ability to get a good night's sleep.
So does a life free from overindulgence in food and drink and a life free
from the unhappiness caused by immorality.

" It can help for thoses that find comfort by it "

Satisfying our spirtitual need can play an important role in getting sound,
restfull sleep.
It will help us to understand the complex world in which we live and to
pursue a balanced , satisfying way of life.
A wise servant of God encourages us to develop insight and to hold the
wisdom of Jehovah , for this will lead to
" a pleasant and happy life."

Then he adds" " You will not be afraid when you go to bed,
and you will sleep soundly through the night."
{ Proverbs 3:21-24 } Today's English Version..   

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I was reading the web...
Then I saw this......

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When you sleep your body produces the hormone melatonin. Melatonin does many things. It works as an anti-oxident to fight cancer and other problems. Sleep is a very important thing, very important. Do not deprive yourself of sleep!


And I was takeing Melatonin at night after I got off the Trazadone...
I really liked Melatonin too... I still have some..

And although this site has to with autistic children with sleep problems...
Lots of info on melatonin here...
Melatonin the sleep master......

http://www.autism.org/melatonin.html

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