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Monday, August 16, 2010

Sleep and the Brain: Can't Have One Without the Other

         Tyler's note:  Hello everyone, I aplogize for not having an article posted last week! My reason for not posting is that I really needed rest from my writing from last week! During my week of resting, I was e-mailed by Tisha Dotson who writes on medical coding and pyschology, I was thrilled to read some of her work on her website! The article that she presented is something that society need to start doing - getting proper rest! I enjoyed this post, which this is something we have heard of before! Therefore,society  refuse to pay attention  to their health harzards when it comes to getting proper rest! Don't get me wrong, I have been accused of not getting the proper rest! Now,I am taking more cautions! I hope that you hear the message from this article! Have a blessed week!

                               Sleep and the Brain: Can't Have One Without the Other
                                                    By: Tisha Dotson

It's very easy to dismiss the importance of sleep. After all, we have so much to do every day, whether we study, work, or make time for socializing with friends and family. In all this busy chaos, sleep can sometimes take a backseat to the other things going on in our lives, so much so that the average person would rather cut back on sleep than cut back on anything else.

Of course, it's natural to cut out activities like sleep that don't seem to affect us much on a daily basis. In fact, we can grow so accustomed to less and less sleep, that we don't even notice the toll that it takes until we find ourselves snapping at our partners, forgetting to complete simple tasks, or even losing focus while we drive.

One important thing to know about sleep is that we cannot easily "catch up" on it. Students especially will pull off a couple of all-nighters studying with the easy assurance that they can sleep in when all is finished. However, a study conducted by the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine demonstrated that one full night of sleep wasn't enough to recover after a few days of sleep restriction.

Dr. David Dinges, who lead the sleep study, noted:

"Lifestyles that involve chronic sleep restriction during the workweek and during days off work may result in continuing buildup of sleep pressure and in an increased likelihood of loss of alertness and increased errors."

Since it's difficult for many of us to notice exactly how lack of sleep may affect our everyday lives, it's important to explore the wide-range impacts of sleep loss on society as a whole. A 2008 study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation. The NSF study found that sleep loss has had a massive impact on work performance, among other things. This inhibited work performance has lead companies to lose millions of dollars in loss of productivity.

The study found that 26% of participants fell asleep or dozed off while driving. 12% said they arrived late to work because of sleepiness issues, and many more also cited problems like lack of patience with others and difficulty focusing on very routine job tasks.

In the final analysis, we must reaffirm to ourselves the importance of sleep. While we think that cutting back on sleep just a few hours may enable us to do more, precisely the opposite is true. An adequate night's rest, of course, is different for different people, but the recommended range is at least 6.5 hours and no more than 9. If you're regularly sleeping more than 9, this could indicate that your body has been sleep deprived for some time, or it could suggest another health problem, like depression, altogether. If you are having difficulty sleeping even if you've made time for it, it's best to consult a doctor as soon as possible. Remember: Sleep is one of the most important aspects in having an alert, fully-functioning brain.


This guest post is contributed by Tisha Dotson, who writes on the topics of medical coding certification at She welcomes your comments at her email Id: tishadotson86

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