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The Importance of Sleep

" ....one of the most significant and overlooked public health problems...is that many adults/children are chronically sleep deprived, [and] most people who are sleep deprived do not even realize it." 

 American Psychological Association


An American study linked life spans with sleep amount and found that those who sleep 4 to 7 hours live longer,with those sleeping less than 4 or more than 9 hours having about a 30% increased chance of early death, similar to moderate obesity.  The National Sleep Foundation maintains that 8 hours of sleep is optimal for adults, claiming improved performance in tests, reduced risk of accidents and a better immune system.


The cycle between sleep and wakefulness involves different stages of sleep.  Scientists divide sleep into two general types:  REM (Rapid Eye Movement) and NREM (non-REM).    Non-REM accounts for 75% to 80% of total sleep time.  REM sleep is popularly associated with dreaming and accounts for 20% to 25% of total sleep time.


Children aged three to five, on average, should be sleeping 11-13 hours a night to promote optimal development and growth.  When children are getting enough rest, they are more likely to: 


                   **    Be more alert

              **  Have a better memory

              **  Show increased performance on tasks

              **  Be less prone to behavioral problems

              **  Have more mood stability


Children ages 6 to 12, need 8-10 hours of sleep.


Breathing patterns change sigificantly from wakefulness at sleep onset and during difference sleep stages.  Pathologic breathing during sleep results in increased morbidity and mortality.


Contact Innovative Dental Professionals to learn more about effective sleep patterns and for a complimentary evaluation of your sleep habits.