Why Sleep Matters And A Shout-out To All The Night Owls Out There

A Not-Complex-At-All Explanation

6 a.m, 6.05 a.m, 6.10 a.m, the alarm clock keeps bursting my head out until I cannot stand it anymore, hence I tell myself, ‘it’s that annoying time of the day, again’. Then I wake up feeling all sorry for myself, for intuitively binging too much on ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ last night, while at the same time juggling between eating, clothing and combing my unkempt hair. Then, I grab up all the sweat and get on commuting. 

Yes, that’s the very true scenario of me every weekday, thankfully. But I think that’s not just me. I mean, we all share something there, don’t we?

Alongside the stressful workload from both the school and work, most of us are sleep-deprived. Since we, more often than not, either work ourselves to the bones during the days and satisfy ourselves online at night, or really procrastinate during day time and work overnight. 

But have you ever thought about its cumulative effects?

I know that some of you may, in your defense, say that you work much effectively at nighttime, so your routine, and then you’ll make up for it by sleeping during the day.

However, insufficiency of sleep or messing with your inner biological rhythms can actually have long-lasting effects on both your physical and mental health. 

That’s pretty self-explanatory, as during the day, your body has used a lot of energy for physical tasks, such as playing sports, working out, or commuting. 

Similarly, students for example, work up a lot of neurons to tackle with their challenging schoolwork, and also pull themselves together. 

My point is, that’s a lot. So sleep in this case serves as your body’s defense mechanism to all those pushbacks. It tells you that it needs rest. Please. 

Plus, your sleeping process is also playing a role when some of your inner organs start doing their major jobs, such as livers begin regulating hormones and kidneys purify themselves. The brain is no exception. Enough sleep would ensure the body’s best memory performance.

Up to a third of our lives is well spent on sleeping, and clearly that’s for a reason. You can figure out more in one of my favorite website https://www.sleepycenter.net/ 

Some Funny Facts About Your Sleep 

What you do during the day might reflect something about yourselves, and so might what you do during the night.

And by during the night, I mean your sleep positions. Let’s take a peek at this picture.

Take 5, for instance, I would say I sleep like a soldier at attention, with my hand loosely resting on both my sides, legs straight. Thus I would be psychologically justified that I’m a well-adjusted person, with a clear single goal in my life and would be determined in pursuit of it. However, I am also inflexible, overly meticulous and perfectionist. 

Wow, that might have something to do with me, I admit. If you find this interesting, go find out more on the hyperlink under the picture.

Another fascinating fact about sleep is ‘dream’. Dream is one of the stages you experience during your sleep. It is also the stage when you have no control whatsoever over your body, thus your hidden mind takes over and throws a big party within. 

But the theme of that party might relate to something that you’ve been pondering throughout the day but haven’t found the answer quite yet, or that dream could be about your gravest terrors.

Whatever categories they might be, they underlie some kinds of meaning, about which Sigmund Freud has written. 

To find out more about their meanings, click on this link. It is not entirely scientifically proved, so only use for reference.

Sleeping Disorders

Many people of all ages are struggling with sleeping disorders, ranging from mild to even chronic ones. And they are just exhausted, since their body are worn throughout the day, yet are equally tortured at night. 

Insomnia is an exact case in this point. It is a sleep disorder in which we have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, due to a host of reasons, such as stress, mental trauma, eating too much before bed or uncomfortable bed sheets.

Insomnia, if not well treated, over time, might lead to the decreasing of memory retention and concentration, poor performance during the day and even irritability and depression.

Or sleepwalking. It’s not really a sleep disorder, but rather a behavior disorder that happens during your sleep. Sleepwalking might involve complex behaviors that you are not at all aware, like sitting up and looking around, walking around the house and even driving outside.

What Makes A Good Sleep?

In order to avoid those above-mentioned disorders and have a good sleep, your physical as well as mental state should be ready. I’ll give you some of my tips:

Low-impact exercise before bed. Before sleep, I often do some body stretching, 10-minute meditation or small yoga exercises, alternately during the week. Those exercises are so easy to do right on your bed, and require such little physical strength that you should totally give a shot. 

Choose the right materials for your pillow. This is one of the obvious but often overlooked tips. To reiterate, you have to choose the right height, thickness and materials of your pillow to avoid unnecessary neck and head conditions. 

Visit this site to choose your right pillow materials.

No phone trespassing. Each day, we averagely dive ourselves 142.5 minutes in the digital world, most of which are without any particular purposes. And that’s alarming. Electronic devices do contain some kinds of waves that can mess with our concentration and especially our sleep. 

So make sure to put your phone out of your sight at least one hour before bed, so that you would sleep real tight.

Closing

Modern lifestyle, after all, should not be an excuse to beat yourself up and working yourself out. Please give yourself a good treat there and see how you change over time. If you do, please let me know.