Sleep is a naturally recurring state characterized by reduced or absent consciousness, relatively suspended sensory activity, and inactivity of nearly all voluntary muscles. The amount of sleep each person needs depends on a variety of factors, such as age and lifestyle. For most adults, an average of 7 to 8 hours a night is ideal. Taking a nap also reboots your brain and power naps of 10 to 20 minutes can actually boost alertness and energy.
As of 2014, a person's life expectancy is about 79 years, and that means that we spend around 25 years of our lives sleeping. Sleep involves the much needed time for our mind and body to relax and recharge, and it gives us numerous health benefits. Neurological studies have found that the lack of sleep or sleep deprivation can have disastrous effects to the way we think, feel and function. It can cause depression, forgetfulness, diabetes and even heart disease.
Good sound, deep sleep coincides with the release of growth hormone in children and young adults. Many of the body's cells also show increased production and reduced breakdown of proteins during deep sleep. Since proteins are the building blocks needed for cell growth and for repair of damage from factors like stress and ultraviolet rays, deep sleep may truly be "beauty sleep." Activity in parts of the brain that control emotions, decision-making processes, and social interactions is drastically reduced during deep sleep, suggesting that this type of sleep may help people maintain optimal emotional and social functioning while they are awake.
The major benefits we get from good sound sleep are the following:
- improved memory, learning and sharper attention skills
- longer lifespan
- lower risk inflammation linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and premature aging
- creative simulation
- improvement of physical performance and stamina, such as for athletes
- balanced metabolism and weight mass
- lower stress levels
- better reaction time and decision making
- higher levels of the immune system
With these in mind, we present to you one of our music tracks created specifically to aid you in getting good, healthy sleep.