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By Rose White Young
When a person has enough sleep (assuming they are fit and healthy), they have enough motivation and energy to go about their activities for the day. Sleep deprivation is a common problem and can cause many medical and emotional problems. Also many underlying medical conditions such as depression and mental health illness can cause sleep deprivation and sleep problems in general. Sleep is often considered a luxury by many. A lot of people do not get enough sleep. It is important to get a good night’s sleep everyday because of a number of reasons.
Melatonin, a hormone secreted by the pineal gland (a small, cone-shaped gland found in the roof of the brain’s third ventricle) is responsible for the sleep-wake cycle of a human being. The levels of melatonin rise and fall during the course of the day. The levels peak during the night, thus making people drowsy and the lowest levels occur around noon. Melatonin is believed to trigger sleep and it helps to establish the body’s day-night cycle.
It is a well-known fact that when a person doesn’t get enough sleep, his or her performance the next day is greatly affected. But how much sleep is enough? Everybody’s needs are different and it is advisable to know how many hours are considered enough for a person. For adults, the range could be from a measly 3 hours to ten hours. It actually depends on a person’s basal sleep need (the amount of sleep needed by the body in order to perform in its optimal phase) and the sleep debt (the amount of missed or lost sleep because of factors like poor sleeping habits and the like). Read the rest of this entry »