20 April 2019
Resting plays a very important role in the repair of the body. Photo: Reuters
Resting plays a very important role in the repair of the body. Photo: Reuters

Pain arising from sleep disorders

People living in cities have various degrees of sleep disorders, such as insomnia, having difficulty falling asleep, and light sleep.

When the quality of sleep is not good enough, other problems often arise, including high blood pressure, chest pain, palpitations, memory loss, anxiety, and so on.

Resting plays a very important role in the repair of the body. We spend one-third of our lives sleeping. The purposes of resting are to “recharge” our body like recharging a battery, let our hormone regulate itself, and regain enough energy into the body for the next day.

When we sleep, our brain will reorganize memory to enhance our ability to learn so that the brain can be the most efficient during the day.

Resting is also vital for self-repairing and physical rehabilitation. When the body is weak, it has to rest to get better. Recently, “overwork death” has been reported quite often on the news. Almost all of the victims died from insufficient rest and lack of sleep.

Adolescents over the age of 12 who begin their puberty will slowly become sleepy at a later time at night due to their internal biological change and their academic pressure.

According to a study, many young people fall asleep naturally around 11 or 12 o’clock. The adequate sleeping time for teenagers is about nine hours a day.

However, since schools usually start between seven and eight o’clock, most students only sleep six to seven hours per night. Without enough sleep, different chronic pains will naturally arise.

People with a poor quality of sleep for the long term have a relatively low endurance to pain as well as low self-healing ability. This means that people who have trouble sleeping feel worse with the same discomfort than that of people who sleep well.

This also explains why a higher percentage of people who have trouble sleeping for a long time will suffer from chronic pain. They may have a bad temper, depression, melancholia, memory loss, immunity decline, and even many chronic diseases.

In order to improve the quality of sleep, many aspects of life must see changes, including establishing a sleeping environment, sleeping time, eating habits. You have to find your own living habits in order to be fully rested.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on May 23

Translation by John Chui

[Chinese version 中文版]

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