Sleep For Your Life – STP022
Some of the stuff in there is:
What can happen if you don’t get enough sleep
There’s a really interesting animation – by the Ted team here
Why only a few people can survive on low levels of sleep
The risks you expose yourself to even after only being awake for 18 hours
National Geographic’s experiment – This is your brain on no sleep
How many people die in sleep related crashes each year – the numbers are astonishing
The health consequences of missing out on just an hour’s sleep a night
5 definite benefits from getting enough sleep:
You’re better able to focus and learn
You feel happier
You’re more productive
You’re less hungry
You won’t get sick as often
What happens when we sleep?
The sleep cycles:
Non-REM sleep – Four stages
You can read more detail on the cycles – in this BBC Science Article
How sleep literally washes our brains!
The solutions to getting more sleep in today’s busy world:
Mindfulness, yoga or relaxation techniques – Any of these can calm your mind more generally.
Caffeine curfew – Did you know that caffeine has a half life of 6 hours? Here is some reading. Stopping caffeine at 1 or 2pm will definitely help
Invest in good quality sleeping stuff bed, mattress, pillows, pyjamas, cassettes you can put a small one into…
Exercise – This article explains why a regular exercise routine can help you sleep
Ditch the devices – The blue light can trick your body into thinking it should be awake, and the buzzers and beeps (or even the thought of them going off) can delay the onset of sleep.
Apps – There’s loads out there to help you manage the supportive habits you want to develop. Here’s the link back to our episode where we featured them.
Further reading: Here are two more articles which formed our source and make for useful further reading:
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The amazing photograph we’ve used this week is by the artist Abdou Moussaoui. You can see more of his work here, here’s really fab… Pixabay