Electronic devices have become an integral part of our lives where more than half of adolescents from technologically advanced countries report using electronic media on most evenings and during the last hour before they go to bed. There are many evidences pointing out that this extended usage at late hours has negative affect on sleep.
The daily timing and amount of sleep has changed throughout human history, whereas historical records indicate that the onset of sleep at night overlapped the arrival of dusk, modern society has crafted a sleep schedule that is heavily influenced by protected, artificially lit environments.
Researchers have shown that spending time playing with pets can relieve most of your tension and fatigue and decrease depression, anxiety and stress. On the other hand, a pet’s presence in the sleep environment is a potential for disruptions.
Many parents occasionally deal with children who have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. These sleep difficulties are normal and usually temporary. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have much more sleep disturbances than typically developing children.
Sleep is an important component of health; it is essential to grow, restore our body and the immune system and to enhance learning and memory consolidation. Sleep helps children focus and remember what has been learned and is also vital for their physical and mental health.
Living organisms, including humans, have an internal, biological clock (Circadian rhythm) that helps them anticipate and adapt to the dramatically different phases of the day. About 3% of the adult population suffer from a circadian rhythm sleep disorder.
With worldwide population aging, there is an increased prevalence of dementia, defined as a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Accumulating evidence suggested a close relationship between sleep disorders and dementia.
Good sleep is essential to our lives, however almost 55% of the elderly people suffer from insomnia. In ancient times herbal teas were used to treat sleep problems and in recent years, numerous scientific and medical researches that has been published supports their action, either directly on sleep (via sedation), or indirectly, by reducing stress and mind-activity.