Sometimes, in a world of big issues, there might be little worse than the moment when our phone cuts off in the middle of scrolling upon and watching a funny video. Really. Our battery dying right when we’ve come across a well-deserved moment of joy can be quite the annoyance. Ironically, it’s emblematic of what can be a larger, personal issue in regard to our health.
Similarly, what happens when our body starts losing its charge? We might start feeling sick or just overall fatigued. We might start feeling twinges here and there throughout our bodies. Instead of it being a sign of something more serious, it could be our body’s way of telling us that it’s overdue for a recharge. And our body’s time to recharge is when we sleep.
You’ve likely heard it before, but sleep is important for your body and cells to repair and restore themselves. If you’re waking up every day after nights of restless sleep, the New York sleep specialists at Silent Night Therapy can help you find ways to change that. We explore the causes of your poor sleep and devise a treatment plan to get you on the road to restful and improved sleep.
Recharging Your Body
Your body carries you throughout your busy days so you can take care of all of your responsibilities. In return, you have to allow your body time to reset. From your nervous system to your muscles, your body needs to rest each night so it can function at its best for you each day. The following are some of the ways your body repairs and restores itself.
- Your hormones are important for many different functions in your body. When you sleep, your body can produce more of the hormones that your body needs. For example, your body produces the hormone that’s responsible for growing your muscles and bones while you’re sleeping. The hormone that’s responsible for your “flight or fight” reflexes, cortisol, can regulate itself while you’re sleeping as well.
- Your brain is part of the central nervous system for a reason. It’s the clubhouse for every other system in your body. So given the role your brain plays for every other part of your body to work optimally, your brain needs time to recharge. While you’re sleeping, your brain slows its processing speed, but it still works to process everything you’ve consumed mentally during the day. At night, your brain engaged in memory consolidation. During this process, your brain slowly works to strengthen your mental capacity while it restores itself in preparation for the next day.
- Your heart isn’t just there for you to fill up with the things and people that you love. It provides the blood and oxygen that your body needs to stay alive. As you move around during the day, whether during times of slower activity or heightened activity, your heart works with fluctuating intensity to keep up with providing what your organs need to function. You’ve probably heard of a resting heart rate. It’s typically much lower when your body is in a state of rest than when you’re active. So, while you’re sleeping, your heart can finally slow down after being a workhorse during your day.
- Your muscles are responsible for supporting your body’s ability to move and help your body’s systems function. While you’re sleeping, blood flow increases and floods your muscles to help repair them.
How Sleep Apnea Could Be the Culprit Behind Your Restless Nights
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder where your sleep gets disrupted because of a lack of oxygen flow to your brain. The lack of oxygen flow occurs because you stop breathing in your sleep. This causes your heart to work harder to pump enough oxygen throughout your body when it should be resting. It shouldn’t have to be said how dangerous this can be. However, the incredible nature of your body is that it quickly recognizes this lack of oxygen and typically forces you to wake up and begin breathing again.
Some sleep apnea patients physically and mentally wake up whenever they have an instance of non-breathing. But for many others, their brain “wakes” them to begin breathing again, but they don’t actually fully wake up out of their sleep. It’s common, therefore, for many sleep apnea sufferers to not even know that they stop breathing in their sleep unless a loved one tells them after observing it while they’re sleeping.
Symptoms of sleep apnea include frequent daytime fatigue, waking up with headaches or a dry mouth, high blood pressure, and brain fog.
If you have sleep apnea, you’re not getting the sleep you need on a nightly basis. This means your body isn’t able to recharge and repair itself and its systems. You could be burdened with long-term consequences if you have sleep apnea that goes untreated. So if you’re concerned that you may be suffering from sleep apnea or are experiencing symptoms of the disorder, it’s imperative that you contact Silent Night Therapy to be examined, receive a proper diagnosis, and begin treatment.
Get Help for Better Sleep Today
With Silent Night Therapy, you can count on experienced sleep treatment from a doctor who cares about helping you better your health and your life. Our founder, Dr. Brown, has been committed to providing the best possible treatments for his patients for over five centuries. Every patient that comes to us with sleep issues is met with a warm welcome, compassionate care, and expertise.
If you’re ready to begin your journey towards a better you by improving your sleep and your body’s ability to restore and repair itself, call Silent Night Therapy now at 631-983-2463. We’ll schedule a free consultation where we can discuss your symptoms and concerns so we can diagnose and begin treating your sleep issues.
Consistently restful nights could be within reach. Don’t delay contacting the sleep specialists at Silent Night Therapy today.