We all used to love our sleep. There was a point in time when sleep was the most precious. But as time passed, did our relationship with sleep lose its romance?
Take a moment to think about it.
Well, it’s time to patch up your relationship with sleep if it has gotten worse. But where did it go wrong? Did it start with you feeling sleep was boring and night parties were the new cool? Or was it when you started having late-night hangouts with social media?
It is interesting how people lose interest in sleep. And starts romancing late nights with social media. Indeed, sleep becomes less worthy of attention and love.
It has become the new cool to hang out less with sleep. It is either a symbol of a hardworking person. Or of a person whose mind has been hijacked by the algorithms of the big tech.
Well, the new affair with social media is not limited to adults. A new study found that kids are losing around one night’s sleep every week.
Why is it important to get back on good terms with sleep?
Well, to lead a life of happiness, you need a beautiful relationship with sleep. The worse the relationship is, the more the chance of you falling into depression and anxiety.
After a good night of hangout with sleep, we are more clear-headed. Which helps us in being more alert and productive throughout the day.
Empathy is the most essential quality of civilization as said by Roger Ebert. Studies have found that lack of sleep minimized brain activity in regions dealing with empathy.
In the book Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker he says “the shorter your sleep, the shorter your life”. Frequent missing out on sleep will demolish your immune system.
REM also called Rapid Eye Movement sleep is when we fall into dreams. Those dreamy states are important to fuel creativity and learning. And helps in retaining memory.
REM mends your newly minted memories with the entire back catalog of your life’s autobiography.
Have you ever woken up with a solution to a problem that you had in the back of your mind? Well, that is REM sleep in action.
We spend nights before exam studying, but we end up not remembering the points. This happens because it is essential to have good sleep to consolidate learning.
How to get back on good terms with sleep?
Well, it sure will be hard. First, you will have to cut down your late nights illuminated in blue lights. Second, you will need to get into talking terms with your sleep. You have long been ignoring sleep. Will have to get used to paying attention and understanding the needs.
We have deviated from the ways mother nature intended us to sleep.
Avoid using smartphones or any blue light-emitting devices one hour before bedtime.
Fix a set time to get into the bed and turn off the lights.
Caffeine slows down sleep-promoting chemicals. Avoid drinking coffee or alcoholic drinks within six hours of bedtime.
The more you use the bed for other activities like working from bed. The brain starts losing its association of the bed with sleep.
For a life of betterment, you will have to fall in love with sleep again.
Sleep is the single most effective thing we can do to reset our brain and body health each day. ― Matthew Walker, Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
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