Our mission at IE Sleep is to emphasize the importance of sleep, while provide simple sleep aids and resources that will help you get a more restful nights sleep. This website is in partnership with Jerry Hizon MD and Motion Sports Medical Group. On this website you will find:
- What blue light is and the dangers of it
- What Vitamin D is and its importance for sleep and well-being
- Educational literature on sleep
- Product recommendations that help sleep
- Medication safety information
- General tips on getting a better nights sleep
Is Sleep That Important?
According to the Institute of Medicine Committee on Sleep Medicine and Research, 50-70 million Americans have sleep or wakefulness disorders. CDC press releases associates insufficient sleep with chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression. Additionally, near 72,000 motor vehicle crashes occur due to sleep or wakefulness related issues. Sleep is a vital part of daily life and satisfactory levels of sleep are related to decreased risk of disease, less stress, and increase in well-being.
What Happens When I Sleep?
A common misconception is that sleep is your brains way of shutting down. In fact, our brains are more active when we are asleep than when we’re awake. During sleep we go through five stages of sleep; four stages of slow wave sleep (SWS) and then one stage of rapid-eye-movement (REM). Each stage of sleep is about 90-110 minutes and in each stage, unique hormonal and chemical signals are released that play a vital role in our bodies growth, development, and repair. Have you ever noticed a craving for sweets or snacks after a poor nights sleep or a nap? The reason is because sleep deprivation causes an irregular secretion of the appetite regulating hormones leptin (satiety) and ghrelin (hunger).