Each year the National Sleep Foundation commissions a research service to conduct a national survey regarding sleep practices in the modern American family. The purpose of the poll this year was to examine beliefs held by modern families with school-aged children regarding sleep, and the sleep practices of these families. In today’s sleep blog, your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart, shares some of the results of this year’s National Sleep Foundation 2014 poll.
Do you seem to literally fall asleep at the drop of a hat–even when you should be awake? Does sleep overcome you when you least expect it? Do you suspect you might have narcolepsy? People suffering from narcolepsy experience excessive sleepiness during the day when they should be feeling alert. In today’s sleep blog, your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart, discusses narcolepsy.
During the Industrial Revolution laborers worked long and hard. Today many people have white collar jobs sitting in front of a computer for eight hours a day. What happens when people get sleepy? Can a power nap really make a difference in your energy level and productivity? And what exactly is a power nap? In today’s sleep blog, your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart, explains what a power nap is and how they can be beneficial.
Have you ever heard of monophasic and polyphasic sleepers? While 85 percent of all mammals are polyphasic sleepers, humans fall in the minority of monophasic sleepers. But it wasn’t always that way. There are several theories as to when humans went from being polyphasic sleepers to monophasic sleepers. One theory holds that it was back some time between 70,000 and 40,000 BC that Neanderthal man shifted from a polyphasic to a monophasic sleep pattern. Another theory holds that it was due to the long work hours incorporated during the Industrial Revolution. Regardless of when and why, monophasic sleep does not appear to be natural for humans, nor the best way to sleep. In today’s sleep blog, your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart, discusses sleep patterns.
During the day when you are working or need to get things done, feeling tired can be a burden. Sometimes you simply cannot finish the task you are doing with any effectiveness if you don’t get some sort of rest, even if it’s just a 10 or 20 minute power nap. Why is it that we feel tired? In today’s sleep blog, your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart, discusses homeostasis and how sleep works.
You all know how important sleep is and how tired and lousy you feel when you don’t get it. You know it’s important to your mental and physical health, but most people don’t really understand their need for sleep. They know their bodies need rest to function properly and feel energetic, but they don’t really know why. In today’s sleep blog, your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart, discusses adenosine and homeostasis two major factors involved with what makes you sleep.
Sleep is important. During sleep important bodily functions occur that help us grow and rejuvenate. Your body and mind needs a proper amount of sleep to function effectively the next day. You may think that teens should be able to function perfectly fine on less sleep, but teens need at least 9 hours of sleep a night to function at their best. In today’s sleep blog, your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart, discusses teens and sleep.
You may think the older your children get the less sleep they need. This is a common misconception. When your teen sleeps until noon on weekend mornings and you’re thinking that your child is lazy, take solace in the fact that they are not. Teens require more sleep than you would think. Today your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart, continues his discussion regarding how much sleep children need.
It’s easy to tell when babies are tired. They rub their eyes, cry, and maybe even suck their thumb. It is not as easy to tell with older children though. Even though children seem to have oodles of energy, they still need a proper nights’ sleep. Today your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart, continues his discussion regarding how much sleep children need.
People get cranky when they are tired. Sleep revitalizes and re-energizes you and if you don’t get enough of it your mood suffers, your memory is not as sharp, your reaction time is poor, it’s hard to concentrate and stay focused, and so on and so forth. Babies, children, tweens, teens, and adults all need the appropriate amount of sleep to function effectively. Today your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart, discusses how much sleep children need.