The purpose of sleep and why we sleep has been discovered many times over by researchers in many fields but none overlap their fields to put the studies together. It took about 15 years of research into sleep, pillows, electronics, blood flow, chiropractics, massage therapy, brain basics and several other health fields to understand that sleep is very necessary to our health and why. Sleep is a basic necessity to life.
As one researcher concluded “lack of sleep did not kill the animals because they all died from organ failure”.
Looking at the research we see that without sleep we will die of organ failure because we are human animals. Therefore sleep must have a healing affect on our body organs. Without sleep our organs start shutting down and we develop an illness; get sick. If you check with many people who don’t sleep well you will find they are often sick and/or on medical drugs.
Many current studies are indicating that without sleep we feel and act as if drugged or drunk. Studying the body structure and spine through studies by MDs, Chiropractics and massage therapy we see how the body works. Brain studies indicated that the brain produced the chemicals to heal the body. It also stated that the brain uses 20% of our total blood flow and uses 50% of the Oxygen in the blood. This research gave me insight into another cause of high blood pressure. Muscle research indicates that the neck muscles if under stress tighten around the arteries restricting the blood flow to the brain.
Other research into how our spine works indicates that all electrical communication to and from the brain goes through the neck area and spinal column. In brain research we find that the brain controls all body functions, muscles, nerves and even gives us the energy required for movement. The brain absorbs and uses over 400,000, 000 bits of information per second, per minute, per hour, per day every day. When would the brain have time to heal our body if it is working at capacity while awake? If we can reduce the intake maybe the brain can spend some energy healing us?
Studies in many health fields indicate that the body heals itself and during sleep is the only time the energy is available.
The purpose of sleep is to keep the body healthy!
During sleep over 50% of the input signals are stopped freeing up the energy required to heal our body. During sleep the body fights infections, heals, rejuvenates and defrags the electrical information, freeing up storage space for the next day. Sleep allows the brain time and energy to heal our bodies. Any restriction of energy or blood flow, to or from the brain during this period would stop or reduce the healing from the brain.
This is where a pillow enters the sleep picture.
There are two ways a restriction can affect the brain; blood flow and electrical energy flow. The neck muscles must be relaxed for good blood flow and the neck vertebra must be open allowing the free flow of electrons to and from the brain.
A support (pillow) must be able to support the head weight while relaxing the neck muscles keeping the neck in alignment on your back or side. Alignment of the spine while sleeping allows the healing to reach all parts of the body. The pillow is the most important part of getting a good deep sleep as proven over 5,000 years ago by a Chinese Emperor who demanded and received the perfect sleep support even though he slept on a wood surface.
Today’s pillow must conform to a comfortable mattress while supporting the head weight and keeping the neck in alignment. Each person must be measured for a sized pillow to fit their body structure and their way of sleeping, side or back.
Now just as we buy clothes in sizes we can buy our pillows in sizes to fit our personal way of sleeping. A Canadian company found a way to measure people’s sleep triangle and develop 5 sizes of pillows to fit everyone. Side sleepers select from the side sleeping chart by cross referencing their body structure to their height. The same for back sleepers using the back sleeping chart.
The company refined deep sleep to a proper size and shape of a pillow. They even named their company after what the pillow did; (Align-Right) aligns the neck right at night.
A pillow is necessary for a deep sleep.
Good deep sleep is necessary for our quality of life.
Deep sleep is necessary nightly or we will die early.
Everything we do revolves around how well we sleep not how long but that is more research and another story.
Good sleeping and a healthy life.