Why do we sleep? A brief exercise in sleep education

Why do we sleep? A brief exercise in sleep education

When you wake up from a deep slumber, are you still tired? That’s due to not giving your body the proper amount of time to repair and energize throughout the night. The human body is a very complex series of systems and electrodes. Dr. Michael Uzelac of Sleep Airway Solutions has been helping people with sleeping problems for years. Uzelac’s vast knowledge of the various stages of sleep makes him one of the best in Northwest Indiana.

“People often ask me the question of why do we sleep,” Uzelac said. “But it’s a hard thing to really pinpoint down to a specific reasoning. First and foremost, our bodies use sleep to repair itself from the wear and tear of the day. Those repairs are crucial to making sure your body is running as well as it can. When you wake up in the morning feeling sluggish, tired, and fatigued, it’s because you denied your body the adequate amount of time to repair itself.”

Without that proper eight hours to repair and recharge, it can lead to larger health complications down the line. Conditions, such as sleep apnea, are things that Uzelac tries to help patients with when they come to see him.

“You see this a lot in people who have sleep apnea, they’ll wake up with night sweats in the middle of the night,” Uzelac said. “One reason they are sweating is because they’ve stopped breathing while they are asleep, and the heart is trying to pump what oxygen you have throughout the rest of your body. As a result, your heart is beating between 120 and 140 beats per minute. that’s the equivalent of working out, that’s why night sweats happen.”

Uzelac chalks up many people’s sleep issues to the lifestyles they lead. When it comes to sleep apnea, he noticed a trend in those who suffer from the sleeping disorder.

“You notice a lot of those who have sleep apnea are overweight, older men,” Uzelac said. “Due to being heavier, your heart has to work harder to pump blood through the body, so that can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and other complications. Doing your best to live a healthy lifestyle will go a long way. Get your eight hours of sleep, exercise, and eat better. Our bodies are like a big machine, with gears and cogs that require very specific things to run properly.”

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with Dr. Uzelac, go to https://www.sleepairwaysolutions.com/, or call (219) 286-6461.