Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.
One of the best benefits of my life in the last ten years or so has been how much I have enjoyed my periods of sleep. I am one of the lucky ones who is soon asleep once my head hits the pillow. I usually sleep seven hours or so at night often interrupted by a couple of early morning hours on the computer. I also sneak in an hour or two napping each day.
I am regularly entertained by my interesting dreams, many which renew acquaintances with long gone friends. My dreams are filled with adventures that are much less risky than if I was doing similar things while awake.
I think my ability to sleep as well as I do is a big contributor to my sense of wellbeing. I also break a lot of the rules we have learned about how to sleep so I was glad to read the following article.
8 Things You Need to Stop Believing About Sleep
By Macaela Mackenzie
We’re supposed to spend one third of our lives catching zzzs, so we’ve had enough experience at this point to call ourselves bona fide experts. But some of our most basic assumptions—REM sleep is the most important; if you’re waking up in the middle of the night, you’re not sleeping well; you shouldn’t sleep with the TV on—aren’t exactly true. We asked the real sleep experts to pull back the curtain on our biggest misconceptions. Get their take below.
You can get by on less than seven hours per night.
“Some rare people truly can, but the overwhelming majority need the proper seven to eight hours that we recommend. The initial consequences may be subtle, such as slightly delayed reaction time, increased irritability, or craving more junk food. Long term, the consequences of lack of sleep can be higher blood pressure and increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.”
Waking up in the middle of the night means you’re not sleeping well.
“The truth is that we go through stages and cycles of sleep throughout the night, and it’s normal to wake up (briefly) between cycles. If you feel relatively rested during the day, waking up to roll over a few times a night is probably not a reason to worry.”
You get sleepy when you’re bored.
“Boredom unmasks existing sleep deprivation but does not make you sleepy on its own.”
Sleeping with the TV on is a big no-no.
“I personally have the TV on every night as I fall asleep. I’m probably the only sleep doctor in the universe who will say that it’s OK for a few reasons. Number one is that most TVs have sleep timers, so they will turn off in the middle of the night, and number two is that the blue light emitted by the TV is extremely limited. Television is often used as a distraction, and we want to do something that’s calming, relaxing, and distracting as we prepare to go to sleep.”
High achievers don’t need to sleep a lot.
“Sleep is for everyone. Is crucial for optimal performance and physical and mental health. High achievers appear to need less sleep, but so far this is limited to anecdotal evidence. In fact, scientific investigations have shown that in children and adolescents, more sleep is associated with better school performance.”
The brain rests while you sleep.
“Sleep is not only important for the brain but also for the body. A recent study showed that fat cells taken from the abdominal area respond differently to insulin following a period of sleep loss, suggesting that sleep may be an important regulator of energy metabolism in peripheral tissues. Plus, there are stages during sleep when the brain is quite active—as active as it is during waking hours.”
REM sleep is the deepest and most important phase.
“This is not true. Slow wave sleep is by far the deepest stage. This is considered to be restorative sleep. It is also the stage of sleep in which most of your growth hormone is secreted—it is secreted in bursts throughout the day, but there is a very large release about an hour after sleep onset during SWS.”
All sleep is created equal.
“Overweight people who snore, for example, may not even realize that their sleep is very disturbed. They may think they get enough sleep and don’t understand why they feel tired during the day. The same applies to alcohol: It can help you get to sleep, but the normal pattern of sleep will be disturbed, and you may not get enough deep sleep. So your time in bed may be OK, but sleep duration is not.”
We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.
Myrddin had gotten a part time job at the Post Office and the supervisor there had been warned that he was somewhat of a dullard, but the supervisor took a liking to him and agreed to let Myrddin help him. If nothing else, he would be an extra set of hands.
The supervisor gives Myrddin the job of sorting, and much to everyone’s surprise, Myrddin separated the letters so fast that his motions were literally a blur. Extremely pleased by this, the supervisor approached Myrddin at the end of the day.
“I just want you to know,” he said, “that we’re all very proud of you. You’re one of the fastest workers we have ever had.”
“Thank you,” said Myrddin, “and tomorrow I’ll try to do even better.”
“Better?” the supervisor asked with astonishment. “How can you possibly do better?”
Myrddin replied, “Tomorrow I am going to read the addresses.”
Customer: I’d like to try on that dress in the window.
Saleslady: I’m sorry, madam; you’ll have to use the fitting room like everyone else.
She said: I feel it is my duty to warn everyone of a major problem, one that endangers lives, damages property and causes untold misery, a growing menace that can be summed up in three words: men doing laundry.
At first glance, MDL may not seem like a big problem, especially to members of the female species, who generally prefer MDL to WDL. But the evidence is overwhelming, as the Obama Administration might say. MDL has resulted in millions of discolored clothes, billions of missing socks, and countless broken relationships.
Wife: “Did you remember to separate the clothes before washing them?”
Husband: “Yes, of course I did. I put the whites at the bottom and the colors on top.”
Wife: “You idiot, you were supposed to wash them separately. You obviously don’t know what separation means, but trust me, you’re about to find out!”
Unshared joy is an unlighted candle.
I think this is one of life’s great truths.
It is sad that so many unshared moonlit nights are now lost forever.
The new father ran out of the delivery room and announced to the rest of his family who were waiting for the news: “We had twins!”
The family was so excited they immediately asked, “Who do they look like?”
The father paused, smiled, and said, “Each other.”
“A lot of guys think the larger a woman’s breasts are, the less intelligent she is. I don’t think it works like that. I think it’s the opposite. I think the larger a woman’s breasts are, the less intelligent men become.”
May sleep envelop you as a bed sheet floating gently down, tickling your skin and removing every worry. Reminding you to consider only this moment.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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