Most Montrealers complain they do not get enough sleep. Yet, sleep affects are physical and mental health. Not having enough sleep affects our mood, our stamina, our home-life and career, and our social relationships
Sleep is an important human function which is essential for good physical health and good mental health. Even though sleep is so important many Montrealers take sleeping for granted. They either sleep too much or more often than not, sleep less than is recommended for good health. Montrealers will catnap rather than sleep, burn the midnight oil studying, play on the computer, or just insist that they are too busy too sleep.
Jet Lag is a common problem for Montrealers who travel a lot because of vacationing or for the purpose of work. Montreal executives may have a conference to attend to in California one day and maybe New York or Toyko the day. It is a very hectic schedule that will wreck havoc on the body’s circadian (sleep mechansim) rhythm.
Spa Eastman Montreal has created a travel package that is designed to counteract the affects of jet lag.
Circadian Rhythms and jet lag
The body’s natural alarm clock is called the circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythms are monitored in the small part of the brain called the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is responsible for regulating many body functions such as hunger, thirst, body temperature, hormone levels, glucose, blood pressure, and so on. All these functions keep the body balanced and in a condition called homeostasis.
The eyes also have an important role in maintaining the circadian rhythms as well. The eyes will record whether it is day or night and send these messages back to the hypothalamus through the optic nerve. The hypothalamus will then act accordingly. When a Montrealer is at home and it should be night according to original Montreal time, the hypothalamus will release melatonin. However, the Montrealer has arrived in England and it is daytime. Consequently, the traveling across time zones creates a difference which confuses the hypothalamus. Because it should be night according to the Montreal traveler’s native habit the hypothalamus should release melatonin needed to help with sleep. But because the eyes have recorded daytime (the traveler is in England) the normal melatonin does not get released. The body signals get all mixed up and that is why symptoms such as irritability will surface.