Do you sometimes wake up feeling tired? There’s a lot of scientific interest today in the mechanics and benefits of how we sleep. Researchers are asking if we get enough hours of rest and, more importantly, what happens to us when we don’t get enough sleep. The results are intriguing. Apart from the obvious feelings of fatigue, impatience and difficulty in concentrating, a lack of sleep seriously harms our efficiency. We don’t think clearly or creatively when we’re tired and we make far more mistakes. A tired driver is as dangerous as a driver who’s consumed alcohol. But some of the most recent research in the field of neuroscience suggests that taking a nap in the afternoon can work wonders to restore our ability to think clearly. Far from being a habit associated with older age and heavy lunches, it seems our brains really do need down time to process data, flush toxins and recuperate. A twenty-six minute snooze can restore optimal functioning to the brain, especially when it’s being used for complex reasoning and analytical purposes. The most revealing research was conducted with NASA test pilots who displayed much better cognitive function after a nap than they did without a mid-afternoon snooze. Images of President Lyndon Johnson getting into his pyjamas every afternoon for his celebrated ‘power nap’ spring to mind but the findings amongst neuroscientists and sleep researchers all highlight the benefits of a well-timed nap.
The other revelation from researchers is that we all seem to benefit enormously from exercise. Humans evolved to be on the move and this applies as much today as it did fifty thousand years ago. Our brains reflect our origins on the wide open savannahs of Africa where our ancestors were constantly on the move, looking for food and water and resources. If we move our bodies every day, our brain function improves too. It’s how we evolved.
So if you take a little time to move your body, the results can be truly spectacular. And if you can make time for a short ‘power nap’, there’ll be less risk of you nodding off during one of those interminable afternoon meetings where everyone struggles to stay awake. A definite advantage for your career prospects!
Do you sleep well? I mean really well? Do you wake up feeling tired, dreaming of a few more precious hours in bed? Well you’re not alone. It seems that two out of three people suffer from a lack of sleep on a regular basis. And that’s a scary statistic because lack of sleep causes more than the usual, familiar feelings of grumpiness and fatigue. If you lose out on just ninety minutes of sleep, your awareness plummets by about 32% the next day. Drivers who are short on sleep are just as dangerous as drivers who’ve consumed alcohol. Some of the most damaging man-made accidents in recent times have been caused by fatigue: Three Mile Island, Exxon Valdez, Chernobyl – all caused by tired operatives making avoidable mistakes. But there are plenty of people who sleep well every night. And the great news is that it’s now possible for you to learn how to sleep really well too. Because so much of great sleep is about our habits and behaviour. That’s right. We can learn the methods and techniques of great sleep and make them a normal, regular part of our nightly sleep behaviour.
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