Neurosicentist Russell Foster nailed the facts on sleep in his most this TED talk. His advice rings true and in line with wellbeing education and strategies we facilitate.
Sleep rebuilds bodily needs that logic is unable to do. Here are Foster’s facts on sleep:
- Retaining information while sleep-deprived creates a self-battle – ‘smashed’ is how Russell described the war.
- Sleeping enhances creativity because while sleeping that function is strengthened (creativity = problem-solving).
- What we burn up during the day is restored while we sleep.
- What we burn up during the day is restored while we sleep. It’s worth re-typing.
Fatigued brains crave strategies to wake it up like drugs or stimulants. Caffeine represents the stimulant of choice across much of the Western world. The other stimulant is nicotine. Fueling a waking state with stimulants demands sleep enhancers at the 11 o’clock hour. Some resort to alcohol.
Alcohol may be a mild sedative on the infrequent occasion – once or twice a month. It does ease the sleep transition. Although, alcohol doesn’t provide sleep. It’s a biological mimic for sleep. It sedates. It’s harmful for the neural processing necessary during memory consolidation and memory recall. Alcohol is a short-term remedy.
Aggressive work schedules demand longer days. Sleep is the first thing that goes. Facts on the relationship between sleep and stress:
- Sleep deprivation causes stress and stress causes sleep deprivation. Stress causes health issues including cardiovascular issues and diabetes.
- Lack of sleep causes unintentional injuries. Poor problem-solving and delayed reflexes.
- 7.5 hours is the average sweet spot for sleep – body needs vary with age and lifestyle demands.
- Teenagers are not lazy when found sleeping often nor do the elderly require less sleep.
Read this post for sleep tips. Here is a sleep quiz to use with friends or colleagues and more sleep tips (because our team adore sleeping hours). Sleep wisdom essentially ripens the desire to aim for wellbeing that elongates a healthy, meaningful life.