Adequate sleep is essential

Versailles News
By Kathy Monnin

Getting adequate sleep is often difficult, but important. When we don’t get enough sleep, we don’t perform well. Sleep is necessary because it gives the body time to repair itself. Sleep is often an overlooked but essential element in rebuilding muscle, maintaining good skin and overall health, restoring one’s mood, senses, reflexes, cognition, and retention.

Getting a good night’s sleep boosts other abilities such as focus, mental alertness, retention, learning, problem solving, and decision-making skills. When we sleep our brains perform mental housekeeping making us able to recall experiences, dates, facts, and information regardless of importance.

We are better equipped to manage decisions, face challenges, or solve problems when we are well rested. There are even times in which sleeping on a situation can produce the answer for which we were looking. Sleep also allows us to pay attention and focus more intently and there is no denying that our mood suffers when we are sleep deprived.

Research shows that people who have fewer than six hours of sleep have a higher likelihood of obesity and more frequent illnesses. Many psychological problems stem from insufficient sleep, like depression, and anxiety. We are more likely to overact or respond negatively when we are sleep deprived. It’s apparent that sleep plays an integral role in our health, allowing us to be ready to take on the day.

So why don’t we get our sleep or enough sleep? Perhaps our lives are too busy and sleep seems like a waste of time, but this is a contradiction, because we gain productivity by spending some of our time in slumber. (Quality over quantity.) Then, there are many of us who suffer from sleep disorders such as poor-quality sleep, insomnia, or sleep apnea. If you feel you are not getting adequate rest, you can contact your doctor for a sleep study test.

Adults between the ages of 18 and 64 need seven to nine hours of sleep per night and adults over 65 need seven to eight hours. Yet, according to the Sleep Foundation, almost half of all Americans say they feel sleepy during the day between three and seven days per week. Approximately 35 percent of adults report sleeping on average for less than seven hours per night; 42.6 percent of single parents sleep less than seven hours per night compared to 32.7 percent of adults in two-parent homes and 31 percent of adults with no children. And more than 32 percent of working adults reported sleeping six or fewer hours per night

Between 30 to 48 percent of older adults suffer from insomnia, and women are almost twice as likely to suffer from insomnia versus men. Then some of us snore (guilty, I snore myself awake at times), some sleepwalk, suffer from sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome. Almost 70 percent of adults, over the age of 40, awake to go to the bathroom at least once per night. Some awaken from a bad dream or nightmare, and nearly 60 percent of us suffer from frequent heartburn at night. With such statistics it’s a wonder anyone gets the sleep their body needs.

“Sleep is the golden chain that binds health and our bodies together.” ~Thomas Dekker

“Tired minds don’t plan well. Sleep first, plan later.” ~Walter Reisch

“Sleep is an essential part of life—but more important sleep is a gift.” ~William C. Dement

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday, Nov. 27, Karaoke from 8 p.m. to midnight at Ansonia Legion.

Sunday, Nov. 28, Versailles Eagles Auxiliary (All you can eat) Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Open to the public. $8 for adults.

Sunday, Nov. 28, Advent begins.

Monday, Nov. 29, Memory Lane Dances from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Greenville VFW. $5 admission.

Thursday, Dec. 2, Versailles Vets Club Bid Euchre cards starting at 7 p.m. in the bunker. There is a $5 entry fee and food on hand. Cash prize for the top three. Open to the public.

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3 and 4, Karaoke starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Vets Club bunker.

Happy birthday wishes to Kristi Lyons Morr, Shirley Goldschmidt, Brenda Batty York, Eunice Ernst, Urb Gehret, Kristi Rogers Thiebeau, Adam Grilliot, Corinne Brumbaugh, Luke Schlater, Jackie Briscoe, Sarah Stinson, Dewey Ward, Penny Davis Treon, Karen Shardo, Judy Criswell, Karon Crowell, Bonnie Garrison, Jeremy Litton, Nickie Meyer, Marcia Schlecty, Kristy Earick, Richard Leach, Nancy Greve, Diane Magoto, Fr. Dan Schmitmeyer, Deanna Davis, Phyllis Davis, Julie Francis, David Bey, Rosemary Paulus, Jenny Crandall, Scott Holzapfel, Alayna Bartram, Joan Epperly, Deb Blakeley, Nathan Epperly, Tangie Wood, Dr. Jon Kremer, T.J. Barga, Kim Cooper, Jenny Harris, Julie Homan, Karen Schultz, Jim Lawrence, Bill Klipstine, Jennifer Rinderle, Michelle Dircksen, Kathy Wilker, Tina Jones, Bernadette Siekman, Mary Beth Erisman, Jennifer Cheeseman, Kim Ware, Jackie Swabb, Peggy Jasenski, Madonna Cohee, Scott Garrison, Angie Savage, Dawn Luthman, Ron Gehret and Andy Monnin as their birthdays approach as well as, anniversary wishes to Dee and Tom Carrington (13), Amy and Bryan Bartram (17), Bev and Randy Garrison (?), Judy and Terry Pepple (52), Louie and Bill Francis (53), Diane and Larry Prenger (55), and all couples celebrating anniversaries.

Please extend your sympathy to the family and friends of Donald Kremer (66), Barb (Voisard) Cordonnier (81), Francis Hoying (85), and all those who have passed as well as those we hold within our hearts as the anniversary of their passing nears. Please give your prayers of comfort and healing for the sick, those who struggle, the suffering, the caregivers and those who mourn the loss of their loved ones.

As an act of kindness, just be nice. How hard is it for you to do what we have all been repeatedly taught to do? Just be nice to others, treat others as you wish to be treated. If you cannot find nice within yourself, try getting the rest your body requires. It’s sure to help.

Kathy Monnin is a volunteer citizen columnist. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 423-0914. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.