Getting enough sleep? No alarm clock needed….

During sleep, hormones are secreted that regulate blood pressure, encourage growth and stimulate cellular repair, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF).

While we are in dreamland, various maintenance routines are running. Neurons that misfired during the day are rebooted and memories are consolidated. Kind of like defragging our internal hard drives, sleep helps us run optimally through our days.

Not getting enough sleep leads to poor decision-making and poor health. According to the NSF, many of us are in this boat. Its 2002 poll found that 80 percent of Americans are not getting enough sleep, making us irritable, bad drivers who are prematurely aging.

So how do we know if we are getting enough sleep? The NSF says that people who get enough sleep should be able to awaken naturally – without an alarm clock!

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About genemyers

Gene Myers is a New Jersey poet, music journalist and columnist who learned to walk twice. His weekly column is called The Joy of Life. He was awarded first place in Arts and Entertainment Writing by The New Jersey Press Association.
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2 Responses to Getting enough sleep? No alarm clock needed….

  1. melissa says:

    I have never met anybody who wakes up without an alarm clock – unless its the weekend and they slept in until 11 am. Maybe I just haven’t met anyone in that 20% of the population that is actually getting enough sleep. There’s good advice for how to sleep better at http://www.insomnia123.com. if anyone’s truly got insomnia and is looking for help.

  2. Gene Myers says:

    My son doesn’t need an alarm clock…

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