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Circadian Rhythm is the physiological process of living beings, including plants, animals, fungi and even some bacteria, according to the official definition. But we’re here to discuss this process in humans.
A normal circadian rhythm cycles over a twenty four hour light-dark period involving biological activity such as cell regeneration and hormone production (while we sleep). There is also significant brain wave activity that takes place in this process.
But what if you don’t sleep right?
Perhaps your work schedule prevents you from sleeping at night. Pregnancy is a factor in sleep rhythm disruptions as well as time zone changes or other changes in routine. Medications, mental health diagnoses and medical problems including Alzheimer’s are also conducive to circadian rhythm disorders.
There are also common disorders associated with circadian rhythm such as follows:
Therapy for these disorders can become quite complicated. Initially your doctor may recommend and/or prescribe Melatonin, a natural hormone thought to be concerned with regulating the reproductive cycle but also that which acts directly in regulating the sleep cycle. Other therapy includes sleep hygiene techniques and what is known as external stimulus therapy such as bright light or chronotherapy. Chronotherapy is a behavioral technique meant to adjust bedtime schedules until a desired bedtime is achieved. Bright light therapy is designed to reset the circadian rhythm to a desired pattern.
Some things to consider if you struggle with your sleep schedule – dietary changes
Generally, sleep is divided into two types: REM and Non REM (NREM).
REM – stands for Rapid Eye Movement (sleep) – characterized as the deep sleep in which we dream.
NREM – as it would seem, this stands for NON Rapid Eye Movement and is characterized by distinct electroencephalographic stages.
Whether you suffer from lack of sleep or you’re living with someone that does, it’s important to do your best to find a remedy that works for you and/or your partner. Lack of sleep can lead to a slough of other health issues that can make therapy for the sleep issues much more complicated.
When you think you’ve tried everything – try something else. Try something more.
Turn off the TV. Turn off lights. Put your appliances (ie) tablets, cell phones, computer/laptops, away. Sleep specialists recommend logging off of devices at least thirty minutes before laying down to rest.
Get plenty of exercise, early in the day. It will improve your overall health and research shows that at least thirty minutes of moderate to intense exercise 7 days per week can help you sleep. What’s more, the quality of sleep is better.
Finally – a few tips to keeping your bedroom/sleep space as tranquil as possible –
If you’re struggling to sleep for more than a few weeks and you’ve tried everything listed here – it’s definitely time to talk with your doctor. He/she may recommend you to a sleep specialist who can further develop a sleep routine that will work for you.
See the full article here: http://www.examiner.com/article/all-about-circadian-rhythm-sleep-disorder
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