Effects Of Sleep On Daily Functions

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How Sleep Disorders Affect Daily Functions
LaTonya Sallywhite
Armstrong State University

How Sleep Disorders Affect Daily Functions

One main component of healthy living that people do not pay much attention to is sleep. Sleep is still a big mystery that researchers are trying to solve. However, the main question researchers cannot seem to answer is why humans do and animals sleep. One way to look at sleep is that during that time the body restores itself from the wear and tears of one’s daily events. The neuronal activity slows and the brain as well as the body relaxes. In some cases sleep can even be said to strengthen one’s immune system (Hobson 1995). Growth hormones are released during sleep and the brain
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He took part in as study that explored Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia and how it relates daytime functioning and quality of life. In order for patients to participate in the study, patients must not have any primary medical issues diagnosed by insomnia. Patients were allowed to take sedating antidepressant. Throughout the study patients were monitored on sleeping quality and daytime functions. A questionnaire was given to decipher between concentration, motivation and physical activities. For the treatment, it was broken down into six sessions that included: background information on sleep and insomnia, sleep restriction rules, influential techniques of insomnia, relaxation, cognitive control techniques, and finally treatment for relapse prevention. In the results, medication free patients increased before treatment and increased even more after the treatment. Sleep disturbance demonstrated daytime impairment and decreased levels of mental and physical ability. However, some patients who had daytime dysfunctions did not improve. The reason for lacking improvements can be justified because after many years of sleep disturbances it does not just simply go away within a short time period. Also, if sleep starts to improve pertaining to treatment a decrease in treatment would start to disrupt sleep again. Components such as age and gender did not impact duration of sleep during sleep disturbances. Throughout the observation of data, it was observed that in comparison between insomniac patients and normal sleepers was prolonged wakefulness. As a result, it was discovered that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy served an improvement for sleep and daytime

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