Friday, March 14, 2014

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Rest well

World Sleep Day

It is World Sleep Day!

I don't know if that means we are allowed to sleep all day, we should think about sleep all day or it's just a day of recognition of sleep and the issues, research and joy of sleep, to name a few.

My take on it is this: REST.

Rest during the day: day dream, power-nap, nanna nap, meditate, visualise... do what ever you can to take moments of rest so that your bucket of stress is not full when you get to bed.

Sleep works better when we take a nap, meditate, learn to relax, do some yoga, practice self contemplation... you name it.

Here is a great trick.
The mind does its things like waves on the ocean. We have mind-body rhythmns called 'Ultradian Rhythmns' and thes occur about every 90 minutes or at least many times a day. Dr Ernest Rossi in his research into mind/body healing has demonstrated that these rhythms are key to our general health and wellbeing. To ignore these messages of 'low' moments is to ignore the natural healing rhythms that occur throughout the day, which in turn creates stress and imbalance.

It is fascinating work into the mind-body connection and how simple it can be to improve your sleep and your general wellbeing.

Rest well

Monday, March 10, 2014

Legally Drunk - due to lack of sleep

How much sleep do we really need? A long asked question that has - after a very long study - been answered... we think.
David Dinges, from the University of Pennsylvania, is a sleep and chronobiology researched. He has been testing large groups of people in the lab to find out what happens to people when they have specific amounts of sleep each night.
Three groups were set up where some slept for 4 hours, 6 hours of 8 hours. And over two weeks the groups had to complete certain tasks designed to measure alertness, mental aptitude etc.
"Every two hours during the day, the researchers tested the subjects’ ability to sustain attention with what’s known as the psychomotor vigilance task, or P.V.T., considered a gold standard of sleepiness measures. During the P.V.T., the men and women sat in front of computer screens for 10-minute periods, pressing the space bar as soon as they saw a flash of numbers at random intervals. Even a half-second response delay suggests a lapse into sleepiness, known as a microsleep." *1
"All told, by the end of two weeks, the six-hour sleepers were as impaired as those who, in another Dinges study, had been sleep-deprived for 24 hours straight — the cognitive equivalent of being legally drunk." *2
So heres the thing. Get more sleep! There is too much research today suggesting that sleep is good (understatement alert) that it makes sense to get to bed early.
The links below lead to more explanatory information and yet the answer to the question: How much sleep do we need? seems to be obvious... lots.

Rest well