Rio Chama Publications

2 minutes reading time (311 words)

HOW SLEEP KEEPS THE PEACE

man lying in bed sleeping SKbEMj0Bj 2A recent article in Psychology Today provides information regarding how helpful sleep is, given the fast-paced and high-stress world we now live in. More than 35 percent of adults in the U.S. sleep less than the recommended seven hours per night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sufficient sleep is critical. Some of the most common emotional and behavioral challenges—stress, anxiety, and depression—are closely connected to sleep. Shortchanging the circadian clock that helps regulate cellular processes paves the way for many kinds of dysfunction.

Seventy to 80 percent of people with anxiety disorders report trouble sleeping. Scientists at the University of California, Berkley, sought to understand the extent of the connection and how it unfolds.

In one experiment, a group of study participants slept in a laboratory overnight, while another group was forced to stay awake. In the morning, all the participants watched an emotional video after which their anxiety levels were assessed by questionnaires. For those who stayed awake, anxiety shot up 30 percent. However, a second study showed that even minor sleep interference led to a spike in anxiety levels the next day.

The scientists also analyzed brain activity through MRI. There were two key regions to assess: the amygdala, which directs emotional responses, and the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for emotional regulation, decision making, and critical thinking. After a night of poor sleep, the amygdala was unchanged, and emotions were felt as strong as ever. However, the prefrontal cortex activity diminished, so the brain’s reserves to manage emotions were depleted. By contrast, a full night’s sleep, especially if it encompassed the deep sleep stage called slow-wave sleep, led to strong activity in the prefrontal cortex and lower anxiety.

When I was treated for PTSD many years ago, I had trouble sleeping and was prescribed a sleep medication, which helped the problem. Dear readers, if you have had bouts of sleepless nights and have overcome this challenge, it would be helpful to others to hear how this occurred.

CAMPAIGN STRATEGIES
DECREASING STRESS WITH NUTRIENTS

Related Posts

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Guest
Monday, 08 March 2021

Captcha Image

Search Blog

Blog Tags

awareness leadership change emotions spiritual/spirituality health stress sense of self relationships holistic healing feminism aging exercise coronavirus soul ego shadow self sexuality love reunion depression dementia shame kindness anxiety shamanism yoga tai chi swimming walking Thank You community children peace music giving mental health compassion creativity cancer racism healing diet attunement Gandhi employee learning pandemic employer parent-infant attachment styles brainhealth dolphin job spiritualpractice calm campaign feminine divine feminine goodandevil positivethinking goodneighbors hero parenting age sustainable omega3 acupuncture dreams elderly breath power homeless dogs pancreatitis Thanksgiving newnormal unknown intuition altzheimers habits earth caretaking midwest integrity prison adoption fightorflight election development wholeness nonviolence rebuilding covid19 ego growth stages friendships singingrevolution liftingweights hobbies vitaminb astrology ideal self alzheimers climatecrisis friendship quiet Dalai Lama smiling horses collaboration notgivingup lifepath balance the unconscious mediterraneandiet el paso socialresponsibility hope agingparents holocaustsurvivors goodthings morality accountability education families god republican healthy brain alcohol neighborhood elephants support choir gym vinaminc the feminine ageism civilrights gretathunberg harmonica nature Tim Ryan retreat epilepsy celebration gardening challenges holidays Vietnam Starbucks mindfulness books alcoholism nonprofit goodhumans nonlinear immigration boss nuturance resolution deepermeaning democrat prejudice matriarchs benefitsofsinging religion innerkid sleep New Book sermononthemount helpingothers patriotic attention intimacy fundraising holiday nutirents environment connection food fatherandson loneliness mindfulmeditation literature animals liverdisease happiness dancing transitions Albert Einstein work environment inmates newyear humanity brainscience self-soothing RBG sacred sex unity Christmas soothe rest Amma wisdom Jesus contributing fun resilience Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter arguing gratitude freshfood nutrition imagination inclusion pilots companions present protests addiction emotional support animals cardiomyopathy smile zoom lifechanges brain growth 2020 inequality millennials Congratulations

Login