Sleep Therapy can work in one of two ways, essentially. It is either drug induced, or sleep is made easier with special apparatus, because of a certain condition. You’ve probably heard the expression ‘It’s nothing that a good night’s sleep won’t cure.’ This expression is truer than most of us realize. Often, a restful sleep is exactly what is needed, to solve a variety of ailments – mentally and physically.
Sleep has mental and physical benefits. When we sleep, our minds first process and ‘lock in’ all of the new information that we have learned since the last time we have slept. You might compare this to performing backup tasks for the data on your computer. From a physical standpoint, our bodies are at their most relaxed when we are in a deep sleep. This allows for the repair and healing of muscles and tissue, and for the regeneration of new tissue and cells when such regeneration is possible.
Fatigue, or lack of sleep, on the other hand causes us more problems than a good night of sleep cures. From fatigue our immune systems go down, we experience depression and anxiety, and a whole host of other mental, emotional, and physical problems. This is why sleep, in its most natural form, is so essential to us as human beings.
While drug induced sleep is still used in some medical situations, there was a time when it was used for mental patients. A drug induced sleep can also be referred to as a drug induced coma, depending on how deep the sleep actually is, based on the medication, or the dosage of the medication administered. Often, this type of sleep therapy is used so that the body can heal, or because the pain associated with an injury would be too great for the patient to bear.
Many people who experience fatigue and depression simply are not getting enough sleep because of a condition known as sleep apnea. This condition is caused by a variety of things, but the overall result is that the airways are partially blocked or narrowed, and the person typically snores and has periods where he or she stops breathing altogether. Even in our deepest sleep, the brain will wake us up so that we can start breathing again – even if it is momentarily, and we do not remember it.
There is special apparatus that can be used to prevent those airways from becoming blocked while we sleep, and this typically improves the conditions that lack of sleep causes. Therefore, use of such apparatus can be referred to as sleep therapy in some instances.