My friend’s husband said of her, “She doesn’t have the ‘Gift for Sleeping’.” Her husband, on the other hand, had the “gift”. He could simply lie down, close his eyes and doze right off. She was so jealous. Can you blame her?
Why is it so difficult for some of us to consistently get enough REM (rapid eye movement) sleep so we’re refreshed and ready to go in the morning?
The Power of Sleep
There is power in sleep. Something magical happens during sleep. While the rest of the body is sleeping, the brain continues to work in mysterious ways that it doesn’t while we’re awake.
Researchers have discovered that sleep triggers changes in the brain that consolidate memories. The connections between our brain cells actually become stronger and information is shifted from one region to another, sort of like what happens when a computer is defragmenting.
Our brains work better after a good night’s rest. Without the necessary amount of z’s, we tend to be foggy, lacking focus and even make more mistakes.
Sleep Solidifies Memory Retention
Going to sleep directly after acquiring new information has been proven to help retention. With a good night’s sleep, our brain helps us process and retain input over the long term as well. While we’re asleep, the brain is able to piece together knowledge to create new ideas or solve difficult puzzles. In effect, our brain is helping us to learn new stuff while we’re asleep. It makes you think that sleep is not a waste of time, right?
Tips for Developing a Gift for Sleeping
- Create Good Sleep Habits – Try to go to bed at the same time every night in a dark, quiet room.
- Get Enough Hours – The recommended hours for adults to sleep is between 7 to 9 hours per night of uninterrupted sleep.
- No Caffeine or Alcohol in the Evening – Alcohol is also a stimulant which can kick in after the drowsy effect wears off. By eliminating caffeine and alcohol after 5pm, your body has a better chance of calming down by bed time.
- Turn Off Electronics – Try getting off the computer at least an hour before bedtime and make sure all electronics are turned off before closing your eyes.
- Find the Right Temperature – In order for your body to fall asleep, it has to be at the right temperature: too hot or too cold and it’s more difficult to slumber.
- Hot Milk – For some, a hot bath works wonders to help them to relax. For others, hot milk calms them down.
- Melatonin – Melatonin is a natural chemical produced in the brain to bring on sleep.
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