What is sleep? And why bother knowing about it?
Answer is simple my friend. If you know what sleep is, and what causes sleeping disorders then you’ll be better equipped to deal with the problem.
As you may know by now, I take a lot of interest about sleep because I find it so fascinating. It is unbelievable how our mind and brain works.
Due to the advancement in science, researchers have discovered various interesting facts of human mind, which were not known to us even few years ago.
How we behave, and moreover how sleep affects our mind? And why we have sleeping problems. So let’s take a quick look as to what is sleep from a scientific perspective?
I have gone through few definitions of what is sleep. Then I came up with my own simple version of it.
See if you like it (or leave a comment below with your very own):
Sleep is a state of body and mind which brings us deep rest, and repairs the mess we create everyday. In sleeping state the nervous system become relatively quiet and inactive as a result it gains deep rest. The immune system is also recharged and revitalized. The state of our consciousness also changes and remains less active. Most humans (unless you’re dolphin) have their eyes closed during sleep.
During my research about sleep and finding out more about sleeping disorders I have come across some great resources, and I share some of them below:
What is sleep? – American Sleep Association
An excellent reliable resource on what sleep is. It is a good read if you want to know about sleep and the different stages of sleep written by experts. It will solidify your understanding of sleep and why it is so important.
The article also covers common questions such as how many hours of sleep do we need and the importance of sleep. It goes on to describe the negative impacts of sleep deprivation also the impact of sleep on our nervous system.
It is an easy read because it is well structured. The article concludes with the future of science of sleep, and it is also linked to some useful tips on how you can sleep better.
It will take you few minutes to read. But trust me it is very inspiring and it will be worth investing your time.
Why do we sleep?
TED talk by Russell Foster is a must watch. You’ll love it. Please take some time and watch it. He is not just a ‘Science Guy’ he is an amazing presenter who will make you laugh.
Have you ever wondered you will sleep for 32 years in your life-time?
Yes, the only catch – you have to live for 90 years!
He also talks about the malefic effects of sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation can cause serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease and various types of mental illnesses.
In the talk, Russell also shared some interesting insights. Sleep deprivation results in the release of ‘hunger hormone’ called Ghrelin.
Ghrelin triggers your hunger, and it is estimated that this can cause 50% higher rate of obesity.
See you can gain weight if you deprive yourself of sleep.
Also, it messes up your immune system if you experience stress on a regular basis.
So meditation for sleep is an amazing way to deal with sleep problems and stress. Best thing, it has no side-effects and it is free.
Now if you’re wondering who Russell Grant Foster is? He is a British professor of circadian neuroscience.
Russell studies sleep and how it impacts our life.
He is also the Director of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and the Head of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute.
If you want to know more about the all exciting area of Sleep and Circadian Rhythm, please visit the page and there is an interesting video as well.
Why not explore more about my Meditation for Sleep Online Course here?