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Everything you do, you do better with a good night's sleep

Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He was one of the youngest people to have passed the Board at age 31 and, with a specialty in Sleep Disorders, is one of only 168 psychologists in the world with his credentials and distinction. Dr. Breus is on the clinical advisory board of The Dr. Oz Show and appears regularly on the show (39 times in 8 seasons).

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Sleep is a combination of two systems: our circadian rhythm and sleep drive. Our circadian rhythm, also known as our sleep rhythm, is just that — a rhythm. This natural process helps our body align the internal world of hormones and biology with the external stimuli that manage these processes.

On the other hand, our sleep drive is a lot like hunger. Think of this like your gas tank. When it’s empty, no amount of cajoling or caressing will get your car up that hill. So it goes with our sleep.

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Why do we need sleep?
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#1 - Sleep helps us maintain our body weight. One study examined how sleeping five hours per night for one week led participants to gain an average of 2 pounds!
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#2 - The majority of our testosterone is produced at night. Testosterone is essential for motivation, a healthy sex drive, optimal cognitive function, heart health and optimizing your body composition (increased lean body mass and decreased fat mass).
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#3 - 70% of growth hormone is released during sleep. Growth hormone is our anti-aging hormone. It helps us burn fat for fuel, decreases our recovery time from exercise, increases our lean body muscle mass, and helps improve bone density
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#4 - Sleep deprivation interferes with collagen production. This means that sleep has the ability to improve our skin!
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#5 - Sleep enhances cognitive function.
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light bulb What is sleep drive? light bulb
Sleep drive is a lot like hunger, if you don’t eat then hunger increases until your first meal. After eating hunger dissipates. Similarly, as the day goes on sleep drive builds, our need to fall asleep gets stronger until it reaches a peak at night and we finally fall asleep. Sleep drive is created by a build up of a chemical in the brain, adenosine, as adenosine accumulates it makes us feel sleepy and eventually leads to sleep onset.
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#1 - Sleep helps us maintain our body weight. One study examined how sleeping five hours per night for one week led participants to gain an average of 2 pounds!
This is crazy! I've always thought sleeping too much will make me fat.
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So that's the reason for not being able to sleep at night because of too much nap during the day - lack of sleep drive.
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So that's the reason for not being able to sleep at night because of too much nap during the day - lack of sleep drive.
Oh yes! And caffeine too! Sleep culprits!
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So that's the reason for not being able to sleep at night because of too much nap during the day - lack of sleep drive.
Waaaahhhh! Does that mean I have to drop my naps? I definitely want nicer skin.
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Waaaahhhh! Does that mean I have to drop my naps? I definitely want nicer skin.
Oh you shouldn't have to. Naps can improve cognitive function, memory, and accuracy during the second half of the day.
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light bulb It is best to observe these tips: light bulb
1. The best time to nap is between 1-3 PM.
2. A 25 minute nap ensures you wake up before you enter deep, slow-wave sleep. You will wake up feeling energized
3. A 90 minute nap takes you through a complete sleep cycle, from light sleep to REM sleep and back to light sleep again. You will wake feeling refreshed.
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Oh you shouldn't have to. Naps can improve cognitive function, memory, and accuracy during the second half of the day.
This is good news. Thanks for the tips. I nap whenever I want to, I should establish a better schedule.
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