Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sleepless nights burn energy

Night after sleepless night of sleep apnea leads to long tired days that seem to never end. Your energy level is zapped and doing the smallest chore wears you out. In fact even laying in bed takes more energy with sleep apnea then if you had a completely peaceful night where you slept the whole way through.

According to the University of Colorado researchers lying in bed with sleep apnea does in fact burn more energy than falling asleep. I know that doesn’t sound like much of a surprise but you do burn more calories that way. The research from the article suggests that it would be like walking 2 miles!

Muscle repair and restoration occurs in what sleep stage?

When we sleep at night our bodies go through 5 sleep stages. The stage that most people are aware of is REM or rapid eye movement which usually lasts 90 to 120 minutes a night. Unfortunately sleep apnea becomes worse during this most important sleep stage. While you can dream during any sleep stage, REM is usually the time when dreaming occurs. REM is also important to developing memory and brain activity. NREM, which happens during stages 1 through 4, is more a deep sleep which restores muscle tissue, specifically sleep stage 3 and 4.

All this restoration and energy replenishment takes a beating when you have sleep apnea.

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