We as hypnotherapists can help our clients get the sleep they so desperatively need to be healthy. Sleep is an integral part of health, and assessment of sleep habits should be a standard part of medical care, according to an editorial in the September 18 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine which is an issue devoted to studies of sleep and health. We know that we can associate sleep as an indicator of health and quality of life
There are many studies showing sleep disorders are often associated with a broad range of medical and psychiatric conditions and also have a negative impact on health, mood and quality of life. There is an increase in the evidence showing that sleep disturbances contribute to the development of or increase the severity of various medical and psychiatric disorders, and these same disorders result in poor sleep quality.
Studies appearing in this issue Archives of Internal Medicine of find that:
"1.Fewer hours of sleep may contribute to poor health in young adults, according to an international survey of more than 17,000 university students
2.Those in rural areas who sleep fewer hours appear to have a higher average body mass index
3.The immune system may play a role in narcolepsy, a disorder marked by a sudden and uncontrollable urge to sleep
4.Children with chronic illnesses, especially those on ventilators, tend to have parents with disrupted sleep
5.The immune system may be affected by a lack of sleep, altering blood chemistry in a way that potentially contributes to inflammation and a variety of diseases "
It has become apparent that voluntarily limited sleep, as well as sleep disorders such as insomnia and restless legs syndrome, can negatively affect overall health.
"Sleep is an indicator of health, and sufficient sleep quantity and good quality should be considered as an essential component of a healthy lifestyle, as much as exercise and nutrition."