Sleep is fascinating

Wondrous Sleep

While Nox Health evolved into a sleep tech company, we started off dedicated to digging into the science of sleep, and remain deeply invested in this pursuit of knowledge.

Most people are in the dark when it comes to sleep and greatly underestimate how poor sleep can affect the body and mind, and overestimate how well you can make up for it. Sleep issues may not seem as urgent when compared to heart disease, hypertension or diabetes. But what is overlooked is that sleep is a major aggravator of chronic conditions. Conversely, many chronic diseases exacerbate obstructive sleep apnea and worsen sleep quality.

impact of sleep disruption
on type II diabetes

High prevalence of sleep apnea
in common chronic conditions/diseases

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A restful night of sleep is a time of active renewal

Deep, restful nighttime sleep is critical to ensure the body and brain are able to reset, renew and power back up in the morning so you wake up refreshed. Although we might think that this is a time when things shut off or become passive, sleep is actually an active process.

Several important hormones that regulate energy and metabolism are regulated during sleep. When sleep is disturbed, it can impair these hormones, leading to imbalance in energy regulation and changes in appetite.

The brain normally “clears out” a substance called amyloids during sleep. However, chronic sleep disturbance impairs this process, which can lead to a build-up of amyloids over time. This has been linked to impaired cognitive functioning and Alzheimer’s Disease. Read more about this here

Good sleep strengthens the mind

Studies have found that sleep deprivation causes a disconnect between the areas of the brain that control executive function and areas of the brain that control emotion regulation. This appears to be the biological basis of the link between sleep and mental health.

Insomnia puts you in a constant state of heightened stress

The fight-or-flight response is your body’s way of responding to stress. As part of the response, the body can enter a state of hyperarousal, which makes it very difficult to fall and stay asleep. In the case of chronic insomnia, the inability to sleep becomes its own source of stress, leading to a vicious cycle of hyperarousal and sleeplessness – even when there is no obvious outside stress!
Studies have found that treatment of sleep disorders such as insomnia using Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), have been shown to reduce the severity of depressive symptoms and improve remission from major depressive disorder. Learn more about this here.