Sleep - who takes it seriously in our 21st century culture? At best, we tolerate it. For some of us, we treat it like an enemy. It's a "waste of time." Afterall, nothing is happening when we sleep. Oh, such a grievous lie!
Sleep is the single most important behavior that we can engage in. The brain does not shut down during sleep. Instead, the brain and body undergo a miraculous process of restoration, replacement, and rebuilding. Furthermore, the brain processes and consolidates new information. A well-rested brain is a creative brain.
Ignore sleep . . take it casually . . . and it will show. Sleep deprivation results in loss of memory, decreased judgment, less creativity, weight gain, and stress. Tired people are stressed people. They are also more prone to immune deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers.
So, how does one create an atmosphere for sleep?
- darken your bedroom
- keep a cool temperature in your bedroom.
- do not drink caffeinated drinks after 12 noon
- do not use light emitting devices before bed - iPads, laptops, smartphones, and T.V.s
According to David Meyer, "The use of light-emitting electronic devices for reading, communication, and entertainment has greatly increased recently. We found that the use of these devices before bedtime prolongs the time it takes to fall asleep, delays the circadian clock, suppresses levels of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, reduces the amount and delays the timing of REM sleep, and reduces alertness the following morning."
All of us could use more quality and quantity of sleep. Writer, Jim Butcher quips, " Sleep is a god. Go worship.!"
Russell Foster, Circadian Neuroscientist, hits the nail on the head....Humans Need Sleep!