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Sleep Well for Mental, Emotional and Physical Health

Updated on November 13, 2018
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Jo has been an ITU nurse at the London North West NHS Trust for 14 years. She obtained her RN at University College London Hospital.

Sleeping well, allows the brain to clean away the build up of waste toxins that accumulates in the nervous system when we are awake


Why Sleeping Well is Important for Mental, Emotional and Physical Health

The question of why we need sleep has been mystifying scientists for eons, but recent research into what happens to the brain during sleep may have provided some answers.

We know that sleeping well is important, we cannot function efficiently without sleep. However, under normal circumstances, we can pretty well decide where and when we choose to sleep.

Most of us are failing to make quality sleep a priority; we're not taking appropriate action to improve our sleep. Consequently, on average, the amount of sleep we get, have declined over time as our increasingly busy lives takes up much of our sleep time.

According to the Sleep Council, the average Briton gets six and a half hours sleep per night; this falls below the required hours of restful rejuvenating sleep we need to help maintain optimal health.

Research shows that lack of sleep can result in some negative consequences that can impact on physical, emotional and mental well-being.

More than 30% of the population suffers from some form of sleep disorder. Lack of sleep can place us at a greater risk for health problems such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, immune deficiency and heart diseases.

A study shows that when participants cut back from 7.5 to 6.5 hours sleep per night, genes associated with processes such as inflammation, immune and stress response becomes more active. The researchers also found an increase in activity of genes related to diabetes and risk of cancer. The reverse occurred when participants took one added hour of sleep per night.


How Much Sleep Do We Need?

According to the experts, adults require an average of 7-9 hours sleep per night. A child of 1 year should be getting around 13 hours of sleep, teenagers, just over 9 hours and children of school age, 11 hours.

However, some of the most productive, and fertile minds in history thrived on minimum sleep. Margaret Thatcher famously managed on 4 hours a night, as did Florence Nightingale. According to Thomas Edison, the inventor who gave us the light bulb, allowing us to extend our waking hours, "sleep is a waste of time." So do we need sleep?

Many have pondered this question, and the scientists have several theories as to why we spend one-third of our lives sleeping. We seem to need sleep as much as we need to eat and drink.

When our bodies feel tired, we rest; when we wake we feel better. When we're hungry and thirsty, we eat and drink, replenishing vital nutrients that the body requires, but is there more to why we sleep? The experts say yes.

The human body is programmed for a longish period of sleep. Sleep helps the body and particularly the brain, to recuperate and to restore, strengthen and consolidate its functions. Research have shown that after sleep, we retain information and perform better on memory tasks. The brain uses sleep to evaluate memory, it encodes, stores and retains what is most relevant. The body requires sufficient sleep to grow muscles, synthesise hormones and repair tissue.

Sleep, A Physical and Chemical Need

According to a study in the Journal Science, cerebral spinal fluid is pumped around the brains of sleeping mice, flushing out waste products like a biological dishwasher.

It appears that while we sleep, our brains are kept pretty busy cleaning up. A study at the University of Rochester found that the brain cells in mice shrank while they slept. Natural sleep was found to be associated with a massive 60% increase in the interstitial space (the space between the cells), allowing the cerebral spinal fluid in the animal's brain to flow ten times faster than when they were awake.

For this study, traces of amyloid beta proteins that are implicated in Alzheimer's disease were injected into the mice. The test was designed to show how efficiently the rodent's brain would clear away the neurotoxic waste products from the central nervous system during sleep. The Scientists found that the removal of protein residues was faster from the brains of sleeping mice than from those awake.

The cleaning process is thought to be more active during sleep because the energy required to pump fluid around the brain when awake, would be far too high.

The research concluded that the cerebral spinal fluid flushes the waste product from the brain, and into what is referred to as the glymphatic system where the waste is carried down through the body and into the liver to be broken down. However, more research is needed to ascertain the real value and importance of this process, and whether the same occurs in the human brain.

Research suggests that the average Briton isn't getting sufficient sleep

How about you, Are you getting enough sleep?

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Shift work sleep disorder

Working night shifts causes the body to work against its circadian rhythm. Our circadian rhythm is our internal or body clock; it tells us when it is time to sleep, and when to wake. When the sun disappears over the horizon, and the land is dark, it is time to sleep, when the sun rises once again, it's time to wake.

That's all well and good, but there are times when the reverse is, in fact, the case. Some people who work shifts or night duty adapt quickly to this; they manage to get sufficient restful sleep and can adjust well to sleeping during the day. However, a significant number of night workers find it difficult to get adequate sleep in the day time and suffers from a condition known as shift work sleep disorder (SWSD).

SWSD is circadian rhythm sleep disorder that commonly affects people who are working nights or rotating shifts. When I became a nurse, I knowingly said goodbye to regular sleeping patterns. The nature of the job we do demands that we work unsocial hours, a large part of which, includes night shift. For me, the problem is not working night shifts as such, but the constant rotating between the days and nights can be more of a challenge. Many of my colleagues have young children at home, for them, working nights means that what little sleep they do get are often interrupted.

Research shows that working night shifts messes with our natural rhythm, (circadian rhythm) and can place us at a higher risk for certain illnesses.

Sleep deprivation can affect the way we think, and this can have a huge impact on our general health. Lack of sleep can have an effect on how an individual responds to rapidly changing situations and the ability to make a rational judgement in real life situations. Sleep deprivation is said to be a contributing factor in disasters such as Chernobyl, Exxon Valdez, the Challenger shuttle explosion and Three Mile Island.

The Great British Sleep Survey found, that when compared to people who get adequate sleep, those with sleep deprivation or insomnia are:

  • Four times as likely to have relationship problems.

  • Three times as likely to experience depression or low mood.

  • Three times as likely to lack concentration during the day.

  • Three times as likely to struggle with work or to cope with other aspects of their lives.

  • More than twice as likely to suffer from a deficiency of energy.

Some features of the human circadian (24 hour) biological clock



Melatonin is a hormone made by the small pineal gland in the brain. It helps to control sleep and wake cycle. It also occurs in small quantities, in meat, grains, fruits and vegs. Melatonin is also produced synthetically as a sleep supplement. The body clock controls the amount of melatonin produced, a process that is sensitive to light. Typically, levels of melatonin start to rise in the early afternoon to late evening, and remains high for most of the night, then falls in the early hours of t

Tips on Treating Insomnia

Tips For Better Sleep

Remove or cover up all blue lights in bedroom
Blue glow from cell phones, TV's, computers, digital clocks may interfere with sleep
Less interference for more restful sleep.
Avoid Napping, if you must, keep it short, around 20 mins. or less and early in the day.
Sleeping within 8 hours of bedtime can result in less sleep at night.
A good night's rest, of 7.5 to 8 hours is much more likely if daytime napping is avoided
Use a pillow to improve alignment
Even mild low back pain can disrupt sleep, a pillow placed between the knees can help alignment of the hips to remove stress on the back.
Eases pain for a more comfortable night's rest
Sleep with neck in neutral position
The wrong size pillow can result in stiff neck.
Keeps neck neutral, for a more comfortable sleep.
Seal mattresses and pillows using air-tight dust proof covers
Prevent fragmented sleep due to allergies from mold and dust mites droppings and other allergy triggers.
Reduce sneezing, itching due to allergens
Bed should only be used for sleep and sex
According to the experts, sleep and sex should be the only past-times taking place tn the bedroom. No talking on the phone, working on computers or watching TV.
The bedroom should only be associated with rest and relaxation
Set your body clock
Go to sleep and wake up around the same time each day, including weekends. Get out into bright light as soon as possible for 5 to 30 mins. after waking. Light is a powerful regulator of the biological clock.
Set body and brain on a healthy sleep-wake cycle.
Avoid stimulants such as caffeine in food and drinks after mid-day.
Caffeine can have a marked effect on sleep, it can cause shorter total sleep time, increases light sleep as well as shortening of deep sleep time. It can also cause more frequent awakenings.
Prevent interference with deeper stages of sleep.
Exercise 3 to 4 hours before bed time.
While exercises such as yoga and tai chi are OK prior to sleep, vigorous work out too close to bed time is not recommended.
Although regular exercise are shown to improve sleep, vigorous exercise too close to bed time can result in burst of energy that can prevent quality sleep.
Avoid heavy meals late in the day.
Large meals late in the day can strain the digestive system, making sleep difficult.
A light snack before bedtime may aid sleep.
Alcohol may not be a good idea. Try camomile tea or a warm milky drink in the evening.
The tranquilizing effects of alcohol may induce sleep, but when the effects wears off, it can result in less restful sleep.
Alcohol have both trenquilizing and stimulating effect.
Avoid frequent trips to the bathroom at night, if you must go, use a night light or subdued lighting.
Avoid drinking fluids within 2 hours of bed time.
Trips to the bathroom will interrupt sleep, once interrupted, it can be difficult to get back to sleep.
Melatonin Supplements
When taken for short period of time, melatonin has shown to be more effective than a placebo in reducing the time it takes to fall asleep.
Research suggests, melatonin supplements may help with disrupted circadian rhythm.

See video for breathing exercises to use before bed time to help you sleep wall.

Sleep Well Get The Right Mattress

Getting a good night's sleep begins with a good mattress, one that supports the body in a neutral position. Spine should have a good curvature, buttocks, heels, head and shoulders should be well supported in alignment. Too firm, the main pressure points will push the body out of alignment, too soft and the pressure points will not be properly supported. A mattress that is too hard or too soft can cause aches, resulting in poor sleep. The best mattress is one where there's no pressure.

Hypnotic drugs should only be taken for short period and as per labelling


Sleeping Drugs (Hypnotics)

There are drugs designed to induce sleep, but like most medications, there are also inherent adverse side effects. A study published in the British Medical Journal(BMJ) found that people taking sleeping pills twice a month were four times more likely to die in the next two and a half years than individuals who do not take sleeping pills.

An individual who takes high doses of temazepam (a benzodiazepine), were found to be six times more likely to die. There were 2.8 million prescriptions for temazepam dispensed in England in 2010. The study also showed, that taking more than 132 pills a year has a 35% increase in cancer. This study, while published in the BMJ was performed by U.S scientists and based on mortality rates in Pennsylvania.

The 2010 study suggests that hypnotics may have been associated with 320,000 to 507,000 excess deaths in the United States alone. Hypnotic drugs are said to be as risky as smoking cigarettes and include drugs like Temazepam, also under the brand name Restoril and Zolpidem also sold under the brand name Ambien. According to the manufacturers of drugs like Ambien, the medication is safe when taken as prescribed and according to its labelling.

Risk of Chronic Hypnotic Use

According to research study, the use of hypnotics is associated with increased risk of death. There is no persuasive evidence that long-term use of hypnotics produces any benefits. Evidence is that the risk of chronic hypnotic use outweigh the benefits.

Survival curves for patients prescribed no hypnotics compared with survival curves for patient prescribed hypnotics, divided into four age groups.


Epworth Sleepiness Scale can be used to assess daytime sleepiness

References Drives Metabolite from Adult Brain





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    • Hacicu Bogdan profile image

      Hacicu Bogdan 

      2 years ago from Cluj-Napoca, Romania

      Since I've just written an article about sleep too, this hub is really informative, especially because you cited scientific research and you go more in-depth. Also love the videos you suggested. Well done!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Robin, I'm glad you found this hub useful, thank you for taking a look and for the lovely comment. Take care and my best to you.

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      Robin Grosswirth 

      6 years ago from New York

      You are very informative and offer good suggestions.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Suzette, thanks for reading this and for leaving this great comment. I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub and found it useful. Yes, we do sometimes take sleep for granted but recent research are showing that sleep is very important for our health. I hope you're having a lovely day, my best to you.

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      Jo: Your hubs are always so interesting and informative. This one on getting enough sleep is fascinating. I never knew the brain literally cleans itself out during sleep. I usually get eight hours or more of uninterrupted sleep per night, but I have gone through times when I got less or slept a few hours then woke up and slept a few hours and woke up etc. I then felt terrible during the day. I agree with this hub so much as sleep is so important to health. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and I enjoyed reading this.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Graham, you're much too kind, but thank you for the great comment, vote and visit. I'm sorry about the need for the Non Invasive Vent. I hope the health issue is not too serious. Sleep deprivation is no fun, it can be especially annoying when the other half goes off as soon as their heads hit the pillow, but such is life. Take care and my very best to you.

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      Graham Lee 

      6 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Joe. Your work just gets better! This is excellent. Due to health issues I have to use a NIVentilator when lying down. I need a minimum 6 hours per 24 hours on it. I have only ever needed 4 to 5 hours per night. This has been annoying all my life; bed at 11 awake at 3 always been a bugbear. My wife sleeps happily for 10 hours every 23! Congratulations on this first class hub.

      Voted up and all.


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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Good morning Flourish, short periods of REM sleep are not unusual. We tend to start the sleep cycle with a short period of non-REM sleep followed by short period of REM where all those lovely dreams comes from. NREM sleep consists of stages, from 1-4. Stages 3- 4 are deep stages, 4 being the deepest, this is when the body does its repairs and washing up. So you may be doing better in the sleep department than you think. I'm currently doing some research on this subject so your comment is very timely.

      Always a pleasure to see you, take care, my best to you.

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      6 years ago from USA

      I can sleep anywhere at any time, no matter how noisy. I have a sleep disorder involving very short REM and sometimes I try to make up with quantity what I lack in quality sleep. Meh.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Chitrangada Sharan, a pleasure to see you. Yes, sleeping pill may help in the short term but most of them tends to be addictive with many repercussions. It's best to avoid using them. So glad you've found this useful. Take care and my best to you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nicely presented hub, covering many factors. Sound sleep is very important for health. But taking sleeping pills definitely has many side effects and should be avoided. I like the way you have put everything in a table.

      Thanks for sharing this useful informative hub. Voted up!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Faith, I have to give in to the HP gremlins, still having problems, can't seem to be able to edit my comment, so please ignore the errors and typos. The darn thing keep jumping of the box before I can finish. Anyway, take care and my very best always.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Faith, I've just noticed that I had an odd number of comments and couldn't find my reply to your generous comment. A good example of sleep deprivation. I wrote a response to you comment and thought I'd posted it but I could not see it.

      At any rate, the gist of what I wrote was that the quality of sleep also matters, so what you now need is to extend your sleep time by another 2.5 hours to fall into the health promoting sleep range. When I'm finding it particularly difficult to get off to sleep, I would often try listening to music or read a few chapters from a book. however the book shouldn't be too exciting, or it can defeat the purpose. :) Take can, sorry I left the best for last, it always a treat to see you my friend, I hope all is well. Take care and my very best to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Genna, getting sufficient sleep is not always easy, I'm actually on night shift at the moment, so I'll most probably sleep for a couple of hours, then try to stay awake to get back into my natural rhythm. Have you tried listening to music or binaural/hemisync? It's a good way to relax and wind down. If all else fails, try the melatonin, but only until you can get Into a natural sleep pattern. Have a chat with you Doctor but avoid the hypnotics/sedatives.

      Good luck and my best always.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Frank, thanks for the visit and comment, I do hope you're getting enough. ...sleep, that is. ;) take care and my best always.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      MsDora, always lovely to see you. I can see that you're on top of your game, with those bright eyes and bushy tail.;) take care now, my best to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Manitita, so nice to see you! Glad you found the hub useful, the body is amazing but we need to give it a little help now and then. Thank you for the kind comment, much appreciated. My best to you.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      I usually get about six hours of good sleep, so I know I need to work on my sleep habits for good health. Some nights I will not sleep at all but try to relax and what is so strange, I do not feel sleepy the next day, but I know it catches up with me. For years I suffered with insomnia but not any longer as I have learned to cast all my cares to the Lord and the I sleep like a baby. I takes me a good while to unwind after arriving home from work and the hour commute, so I know I get to actually bed a lot later than I should.

      Important hub here, dear Jo!

      Up +++ tweeting and pinning

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      Genna East 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Jo…

      Getting a good night’s rest continues to be a challenge for me. I can always count on 6 hours, but aiming for those 7-9 isn’t always possible. I’ve tried warm milk and chamomile tea, but once my eyes open, I’m wide awake and can’t seem to get back to sleep much of the time. This is an important article in that I don’t think many people realize just how important getting those rems is. I envy those who can sleep 8 hours, solid time. Great article, as always.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      tobusiness, this is a very well written hub yet again.. you do these types of hubs so well..thanks for that Frank

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Very useful information. I can personally attest to better health with more sleep. I especially appreciate the diagrams and the Tips for Better Sleep. Thank you.

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      6 years ago from london

      One with a difference. Very interesting and relating to all in this modern culture and climate. Necessary info about the circadium rhythm, melatonin and the 'cool' piece on posture and breathing exercises.

      Well researched, I imagine. Great Hub!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Windclimber, I can see why you took exception to not napping during the day, but I did write that a shot nap was alright. Napping can become a problem when it is done late in the day and when napping becomes a long snooze that can interfere with a good night's sleep. However, if it works for you, go for it. ;) thank you so much for stopping by and for the interesting comment. I'll be checking out the links. My best to you.

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      6 years ago from my boat somewhere on the Chesapeake Bay

      Thank you for your effort involved in this very thorough and well-written article! Great job!

      FYI, there are some great talks about sleep on and, such as this one:

      I must take exception, however, to your advice not to nap during the day. Dr. Sara Mednick wrote Take a Nap: Change Your Life, in which she explains the science behind napping. You can listen to her on YouTube -

      Done right, naps are lovely and wonderful. How to do it right? As they say on Napism.Info, "Practice, practice, practice!"

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Devika, lovely to see you! I envy people like yourself who are able to sleep easily. My husband tells me, he is able to fall asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow and this is because of his clear conscience, if so, I must have a very guilty conscience indeed.:) I hope you're all well, take care and my best always.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I avoid the use of any type of drug to help me fall asleep. I go to bed when I am tired and need to sleep. I found this information very helpful. You have accomplished a very interesting hub on sleep issues.Have a pleasant weekend.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi etaCarinae, a pleasure to see you! hubs tends to be a little on the long side, I should really start dividing them into shorter hubs, but there's usually so much info. I want to share. :)

      However, you're welcome to stop by anytime, pick what you need. My best to you, hope you're enjoying the weekend.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Jackie, we take sleep for granted, but the body is so wonderfully clever, even when we're sleeping it is busy at work. By ensuring we get good solid sleep we're making the job a little easier. :) Lovely to see you, hope you're enjoying the weekend, my best as always.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Jamie, nice to see you! I hope all is well. For parents of young children, I guess 8 hours sleep is nothing but a fond memory. However, cheer up, It's not for ever, and of course, there are some wonderful fringe benefits.:)

      Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend, my best always.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Ruby, yes my friend, we've been there and bought the t-shirt. I don't really know how nurses who are also young mums cope with so little sleep. Rotating between days and night shifts can be pretty challenging, but unfortunately, there isn't an alternative. Thank you so much, always a pleasure. Have a great weekend and my very best to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      shaddhachawla, I guess we all have periods when sleep just won't come, but it can become a serious problem if it goes on over long periods of time. You're right about cherries. Cherries are one of the few natural foods that contains Melatonin, therefore cherries do promote sleep. Thank you for the great comment and visit, it's always good to see you. Have a wonderful weekend , my best always.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Michelle, good to know you found the article useful. In our busy modern culture where everything must move fast, we think of sleep as a luxury. We cut back on sleep substituting caffeine to bridge the gap not realizing the damage we can do. Interesting facts about Criminal Investigators. Thank you for the visit and insightful comment, much appreciated. Take care and my best to you.

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      Sara Johnson 

      6 years ago from United States

      Excellent info! I skimmed it in about 10 minutes but will absolutely come back for more shortly. I never knew the importance of getting out into the sun for a few minutes after waking up.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from the beautiful south

      Wow; so much to know I never knew! I sleep great though with a bout maybe every couple years that probably has something to do with a worry that pops up about something. lol

      Really great job on this! ^+

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      6 years ago from Reno NV

      This is very thorough. Lately with the kids, work, and school I have been pulling about six hours a night. I can last awhile before I need one good sleep in though, maybe a couple months at most. Great Hub, thank you. Jamie

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Jo your hubs are always packed full of exceptional data. I can relate to the night shift drag. I could never get enough sleep when I got home in the mornings, I was wide awake, then I would sleep in the evening and still wanted to sleep more when it was time to start all over again. I have much respect for the night nurses. I now sleep at least 9 hours nightly. Thank's for another great hub on health...

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      6 years ago

      Very informative hub. I myself suffer from bouts of severe insomnia especially during phases of stress. Melatonin supplements work really well. It is also believed that cherries are natural substances that boost our melatonin levels. Have a great Weekend.

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      Michelle Scoggins 

      6 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Good morning Jo, great and thorough article. I have used Melatonin before to aid in sleep when going through grad school. Grad school was a true sleep thief and I have slowly come back to the sleep patterns of the past. I can usually get a full night's sleep (8hrs) if I manage caffeine, naps and clearing my mind before bed. Sleep really helps to consolidate information and memories. Criminal investigators have noticed through research that it is best to interview a victim of a crime after they have had a good nights rest to help reduce false memories and jumbled memories. Thanks again and have a great day!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Bill, I think my next hub will be looking at why men are able to konk out the minute their heads hits the pillow, while we women lie awake for hours ruminating. :) Hormonal changes is most probably the root of the problem, but women tends to go over the days problems rather than getting off to sleep. Strangely, when we do get off to sleep we do better that you men. Always a treat to see you, my best to you and Bev. Enjoy the weekend.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great information that I'm going to share with Bev. I sleep like a baby nightly...eight hours every night....Bev, not so much. LOL I do think it is crucial that people sleep well, and I want her around a few more years, so I'm going to make sure she reads this great article. Thank you my friend, and Happy Weekend to you.


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