The Beauty Of Sleep

by Dan Rather on August 4, 2011

Picture of a Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

I remember when I was young when it was quite a hard ordeal for my parents to put me to sleep, you would have thought that I hated the bed. I got into bed early and was the one waking up the rest of the family with quite a racket. If you were a boy once in your life or you have been around little boys, you’ll understand what I am saying. After growing up and my teenage years caught up with me, I was the complete opposite. I was inseparable from the bed. I heard that under sleeping and over sleeping are both poor sleeping habits.

So what are good sleeping habits? Most adults are sleep deprived, causing marked reduction in their productivity, concentration and quality of work, as well as an increase in moodiness, stress, accidents, illness and shortened life span. It is neither smart to operate on less than the required amount of sleep. Recent research has shown that sleep deprivation literally makes you stupid, clumsy, stressed out, unhealthy and will shorten your life.

For you to perform at your peak you need to be fully alert, dynamic, energetic, in a good mood and cognitively sharp. You must also be able to concentrate, remember, make critical decisions, communicate persuasively, and be productive all day long. This is not possible without quality sleep. We must learn to value sleep as it affects health, happiness and performance.

Small children typically take naps in the afternoon, our culture doesn’t approve of us sleeping in the day especially around midday. One way of increasing your productivity is by taking a mid –day sleep. This means more patience, less stress, better reaction time, increased learning, more efficiency and better health.

As I said earlier on too much sleep is not good for you and so is too little sleep. I’m sure you are now wondering, “How much sleep do I need?” the body needs seven to eight hours of sleep per day. If you sleep for six hours or less then you are at a risk of having a car accident.

I’m sure this will get you sleeping more; the effects of missed sleep is cumulative, if you lose sleep one day, you feel it the next. If you miss adequate sleep several days in a row, you build up a sleep deficit which impairs reaction time, judgement, vision, information processing, short term memory, performance, motivation, vigilance and patience.

Having a twenty minute sleep during the afternoon provides more rest than a few minutes sleep in the morning (though the last two hours of morning sleep have special benefits of their own. Sleep as I know you are finding out now is a highly underrated activity. If you want to feel invigorated and refreshed during the day then for sure you do need a lot of sleep. For health and general well-being an individual needs restful and sustained sleep. If you have not been sleeping so good them you might be killing yourself softly. Get yourself some sleep.

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