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How Your Sleeping Patterns Affect Your Life.

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How Your Sleeping Patterns Affect Your Life.

All sleeping experts agree that our sleep patterns can reveal a lot about our lifestyle and personality. This is a direct result of the fact that the amount of time we sleep has a strong effect on our physical and mental health. It can affect our mood, weight control, focus and productivity at home and at work.

While not everyone needs the same amount of sleep, the sad truth is that as a whole, we sleep less then we need to. Forty-one million Americans sleep less than six hours each night, 25% of teens sleep six and a half hours, and not the recommended nine. With those facts in mind let's have a look at some of the more common sleeping patterns and see what they say about us.

The "Morning Person":
We all know the kind. They are the first people up in the house or the office, always with a smile on their face and bursting with energy. People like that tend to have regular bedtimes that don't vary during the weekends. They start the day with a decent breakfast to set them up for the rest of the day. If you want to be more of a morning person these are the steps you will need to follow, just keep in mind you will be less productive in the evenings.

The "napper":
Some people just can't get through a day without a little nap to recharge them. While it might seem to be a bad thing and an indicator of a bad sleep schedule, napping is in fact really good for your body. Not only can it help with digestion but it can also increase productivity, reduce stress, lessen fatigue and lower the risk of heart disease. Some "enlightened" companies have even gone so far as to provide workers with a napping room for short breaks.

The "evening person":
The kind that shines when the sun goes down and study, work or party, into the early hours of the morning. These people will almost always need an alarm clock to wake up and will usually skip breakfasts, which will result in a disorganized meal schedule altogether. If you are that kind of person, be sure to find a way to adjust your life and start each day in a more relaxed fashion.

The "weekend sleeper":
It's very easy to spot these people, they sleep for about four to six hours a night, and slowly walk around with black puffy eyes during the day. To make up for the sleep deficit they sleep for a very long time on the weekends, maybe even spend an afternoon in bed. The extra sleep on the weekends might help them recover from the hard week but it has a negative impact on their life. Damage to the immune system, shorter attention span, mood swings and increase food and sugar cravings are just a few examples. If this is how you live your life, you'd best change your habits as soon as possible.

The "sleep lover":
If the snooze button is your best friend and you find it difficult to wake up, no matter how much you sleep, then this is you. There could be many reasons for this feeling, such as going to bed too late, a disturbed sleep pattern or even issues relating to insomnia. Whatever the case may be, you need to find better ways to wake yourself up so you won't be late in the mornings and stressed for the rest of the day. Use multiple alarm devices, and place them far away from you to make sure you don't only get up in the morning, but also get out of bed.
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Well in my early work experience everyone had to work from 2300 to 0700 until other positions up on other shifts. I was taught by the more experienced staff how to adjust my sleep patterns and continued for my 40+ years of employment.

I still use the same pattern to maintain stasis. What was discovered sometime ago before the sleep treatment units is that humans require two REM periods during their eight hours of sleep. It doesn't have to be done all in eight hours so I have split mine while working and running a business both full time. I am up long before sunrise/birds since that is my "lunch time". Then back to the first REM at 0900 and up by 1100, then back to bed at 1800 when working to be up at 2200. I have napped and not napped at work and got by fine with both--I awoke automatically after 1/2 hour so never had to be aroused if I did nap.

You are so right about the advent of synthetic sugar substitutes because they affect one's natural dopamine affected cycles which have an effect on your sleep cycles by not allowing one to have the deeper sleep cycles. Its like ephedrine and amphetamine use which causes flushed cranial dopamine syndrome which gives the user a "speed" affect. The pituitary gland deals more with arousal states in the sleep cycle and keeps one from going comatose.
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KroSha said:
While I do not believe for one minute that artificial sweeteners are healthy or necessary, I'm interested in whether you might be able to provide a link which provides this information.

Additionally, I am unable to find a comment by the OP that even references artificial sweeteners, so I'm curious why you comment on the fact that she was right about that??
OP only mentioned sugar cravings with "weekend sleeper" which is only exacerbated by artificials.

As you know the business is the second largest in the country and first world wide so getting web reviews to the contrary are very difficult to find. I have research results on hard copies from national addiction conferences I attended where they had a speaker each year I attended who had done studies to confirm the research. As a provider of detox services I saw first hand the results of what these substances caused. Heroin addicts (now on the rise again) crave sugar, candy and foods with high sugar levels so have been denied them during treatment. They make up for it by literally eating the packets of sweeteners to compensate which causes them to nod off in meetings and not sleep well at night. The last detox unit I worked had a huge budget for diet soda and foods heavy in corn additives. Personally have family members that had horrible deaths due to addictions to diet soda--would never drink water and even couldn't tolerate saline solution IVs at the end and had to have D5W instead to keep them from having cravings/agitation. You can always google to see what other views are.
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Lostie said:
All I can say is that sleep is incredibly important. I am a naturally morning person, but various illnesses are making me very sleep deprived. It is very, very bad for you. Whatever it takes to regularise your sleep, please do so.
May I suggest very concentrated chamomile tea (natural, preferably without additives). By concentrated it should appear as dark as a light expresso so I had clients steep several bags (US) in a half cup of hot water and drink one half hour before laying down.
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