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Restoring Energy

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2 Aug 2016 - General
 

People have established routines for walking and sleeping. How much sleep do you need? The recommended number of hours of sleep for young adults is an average of eight hours a night. However, your individual needs may be different. The number of hours of sleep may vary from one night to another. It is important to get the right amount of sleep to allow you to perform your tasks during the day.At what point during the delay do you feel most energetic? Some people are tired in the monitoring and gain momentum as the day goes along. They do their best work in the afternoon and evening and tend to go to bed late. Others arise early and are immediately wide awake. They do their best work in the morning and begin to wear down in the late afternoon. Construct a graph using time and energy levels as variables. Start with the hour you rise in the morning and mark the graph every two hours until bedtime. Use a range of 1 to 5 for the energy level. The number 1 indicates a low energy level, and 5 indicates high energy level. Plot your energy level every two hours for the full day. Do this for three days to determine your most productive period. During the day you use up energy faster than you can supply it. Energy is restored at night. Many of the body changes that take place during sleep are not fully understood. However, we know that sleep is a biochemical event. By some process neurotransmitters regulate activities during the stages of sleep. Many parts of the body are affected. Breathing changes noticeably when a person goes to sleep; it slows down and often becomes irregular. Heart action slows as much as ten to twenty-five beats, lowering the blood pressure. The rate at which the body tissues use food for energy release decreases. Muscles lose much of their tone. Even the eyes relax. Turning upward and outward under the closed eyelids.

Virgilio Montero Sleep research is one of my interests. Although individuals may have varied "needs" for sleep, the recommendation by the National Sleep Foundation is at least 7 hours. One of the leading sleep researchers from Harvard University, Sara Mednick, conducted several studies on sleep, deterioration of task performance (cognition) and restorative effect naps. She was able to experimentally pr...
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