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“That we are not much sicker and much madder than we are is due exclusively to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces, sleep.”
— Aldous Huxley
It may seem obvious that sleep is beneficial. Even without fully grasping what sleep does for us, we know that going without sleep for too long makes us feel terrible, and that getting a good night's sleep can make us feel ready to take on the world.
Scientists have gone to great lengths to fully understand sleep's benefits. In studies of humans and other animals, they have discovered that sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions. The resources in this section explore these discoveries and describe specific ways in which we all benefit from sleep.
Why Do We Sleep, Anyway?
Although scientists aren't entirely sure why we sleep, they have many ideas about the functions of this mysterious part of our lives. While some of these functions may have deep evolutionary roots, others, such as sleep's potential role in memory and health, seem particularly relevant to life in the 21st century.
Sleep, Learning, and Memory
It may not be surprising that it is more difficult to take in new information following a night of inadequate or disturbed sleep. What's more surprising is that it is just as important to get a good night's sleep after learning something new in order to process and retain the information that has been learned.
Many of us, however, act as if sleep is optional or a luxury! We do not plan for it — letting what happens, happen. We may even say with a touch of bravado — “I get by on only five hours of sleep a night!” We may believe we function OK with limited sleep or poor quality sleep. Our body knows the difference! Would you try to run your high-powered sports car on low-quality, low octane gas?
Learn the science behind better sleeping habits and specific steps you can take to improve the length and quality of your sleep. Consult with us for help in changing these habits to move you toward optimal sleep.
Everything you need to know about sleeplessness
You’ve heard about sleep problems and you have probably suffered a few sleepless nights yourself, but did you know all the facts? Did you realize just how pervasive it is and how many ways it affects us?
For help resolving sleep problems, contact Licensed Counselor Carol Drengenberg.
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Read these books and the article for helpful information.
Good Night: The Sleep Doctor's 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health — Michael Breus, PhD.
No More Sleepless Nights — Peter Hauri, PhD. And Shirley Linde, PhD.
Study shows a good night’s rest isn’t a luxury — it’s critical for your brain and for your health.
The Sleepiest City In The World Is... Experts Say Kids Need More Sleep, Recommend School Starts Later
by Taboola in Time.com
When our heads hit the pillow every night, we tend to think we’re surrendering. Not just to exhaustion, though there is that. We’re also surrendering our mind, taking leave of our focus on sensory cues, like noise and smell and blinking lights. It’s as if we’re powering ourselves down like we do the electronics at our bedside going idle for a while, only to spring back into action when the alarm blasts hours later. Read more...
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Phone: (847) 400-0100