Have you recently experienced a health setback? A traumatic event like a heart attack can interfere with your body’s natural rhythms and requires recovery time to get back on track. In a recent study conducted at the University of Guelph, it was found that patients recovering from a heart attack recovered faster if they maintained a proper sleep schedule. The study was conducted on mice and found definitively that the sleep schedule sped up healing.
There has been debate among medical professionals concerning why we actually need to sleep. It has been accepted that sleep rejuvenates the brain but the true purpose is not fully known. Scientists have studied sleep patterns in all types of animals, from flies to humans. Sleep is essential to consolidating memories and its major purpose may be to activate the brain’s cleaning crew.
In a recent study, it was found that sleeping well may help protect men from prostate cancer. It was found that men with higher levels of melatonin “had a 75% reduced risk for developing advanced prostate cancer compared with men who had lower levels of melatonin.” Melatonin is a hormone that is produced at night by the body. A normal level of melatonin is often found in those that have better sleep patterns.
Traveling on airplanes can be difficult on the mind and body. Some people tend to feel the effects of airplane travel more than others. Everyone has their ways of surviving long flights from sleep masks to leg exercises; the tricks to surviving flights are endless. It is tough to fold your legs into a seat and feel comfortable, especially for a long flight.