Adequate sleep is an essential ingredient for a
healthy life. Top Wellness Health looks at why sleep
is an essential vitamin our body craves to he fully energised and how the internal body clock can be
retrained to help it get the right quantity and
quality of sleep daily.
SLEEP & BE FRUITFUL
In modern times, we have become reliant on the alarm
clock to 'regulate' our sleep cycle. However, this
modern contraption has, in fact, intruded on the
delicate and finely regulated process perfected by
millions of years of evolution in man - the body
Studies since the 1920s have shown how proper sleep
is directly equated to our abilities to learn,
retain and produce. In the late 1990s, a research by
Dr Robert Stickgold, assistant professor of
psychiatry at Massachusetts Mental Health Center,
make international headlines. Dr Stickgold
demonstrated that sleep is, in reality, necessary
Dr Stickgold's research proved that without sleep,
we reduce the retention of facts we have learned.
While studying nights before an exam may be
sufficient for passing an exam, it leaves very
little useful traces in long-term memory. However, a
simple procedure can improve fact and information
retention and it is something we all do on a daily
THE ZZZ HEALTH SUPPLEMENT
We have to understand that the impact of proper
sleep is indispensable for our intellectual
development and preservation. Real good sleep is far
from mere rest for our minds and bodies to re-energise.
Having enough sleep is as important as keeping
ourselves hydrated. Pills and medication alone won't
work when we're down with the flu, cold or fever.
Doctors often tell us: "Drink lots of water and make
sure you rest well". This naturally includes lots of
sleep and that is why there are anti-histamines that
make us drowsy. We have to sleep the ailment off.
We may not die from lack of sleep. Well ... at least
not immediately, but let's be honest, we do get
moody and cranky when we don't get enough of it.
Hence the term: 'Waking up on the wrong side of the
bed'. So how do we make sure we wake up on the right
side of the bed every day? Simple Respect the
importance of sleep.
Sleep is subjective and takes into consideration a
variety of matters for it to be fully realised.
Certain individuals can knock off the moment their
heads hit the pillow while others toss and turn
until the wee hours of the morning to get some
shut-eye. Fatigue can help you sleep quickly or keep
you awake the whole night.
The bed you sleep in, the person sleeping beside
you, the day's activities and what you plan to do
the next day ... these are just some of the things
that may affect your sleep.
Personal body metabolism too determines the type and
duration of sleep one needs. Some people naturally
need less sleep to function well, but gene rally,
everyone needs around eight hours' worth, while
others may need up to 12 hours! The amount of sleep
needed differs from person to person and a simple
way to gauge how much one needs is to see how alert
you are after getting up in the morning.
However, sleep that is deep and restful will see you
feeling alert and energised. A fitful sleep, even if
a full eight hours, will still see you feeling
tired, lethargic and listless.
Invented to assist us to get up on time, the alarm
clock may have done more harm than good. Very few of
us are capable of waking up without an alarm clock.
While its functions are useful, there are downsides
to the dependency on alarm clocks: Stress and sleep
Studies in America shows that over time, waking up
to alarm clocks damages memories, disrupts the
ability to learn, affects mood and temper, tampers
with the ability to focus and dampens overall
intellectual performance. The poor sleep patterns
created by dependence of alarm clocks naturally
affects creative thinking, optimism and a balanced
state off well-being.
The reason why alarm clocks do so much harm is that
when we set them the night before, we create silent
sleep stress in our minds and bodies. The mind
worries about getting up at the set time and fears
sleeping through the alarm. The loud, nerve wrecking
sound of the alarm shocks the system into waking up
and basically, sets the mood for the day. Perhaps it
isn't the stress that traumatises you on a daily
basis. It could very well be that alarm clock on
your bedside that determinedly destroys your state
of balance without fail each morning.
NO BATTERIES REQUIRED
The human body is a marvellous piece of engineering
that continues to evolve into greater perfection.
And it even comes equipped with its own body clock
that can alert us to a variety of physiological
needs as and when required. However, like an unused
knife that gets rusty over time, the body clock too
gets dulled when not in use, especially with our
dependence on modern machines. The good thing is
that we can rely on the body clock to quickly bounce
back into action once re -trained.
Body clock boot camp training does require a certain
amount of discipline and determination but the end
result will be genuine sleep that comes knocking at
the prescribed hour, deep and restful slumber and
the ability of waking up fresh and rested in a
peaceful atmosphere instead of the shock to your
system that you get each morning courtesy of the
" Even the
need to get a good night’s rest can be stressful and
keep you wide awake the whole night.