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The phenomenon of sleep

“Now, blessings light on him that first invented sleep!

13 Dec

It covers a man all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak; it is meat for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, heat for the cold, and cold for the hot. It is the current coin that purchases all the pleasures of the world cheap, and the balance that sets the king and the shepherd, the fool and the wise man, even.”

Miguel de Cervantes, “Don Quixote“, quoted in “The Sleep Revolution” by Ariana Huffington.

How you can change your life one night at a time

1 Nov

With her book “The Sleep Revolution”, Ariana Huffington, co-founder and former editor-in-chief of the online newspaper “Huffington Post” and founder of the Thrive Global company, makes a passionate and engaging plea for the importance of sleep. Our sleep deprivation crisis has profound consequences on our health, our job performance, our relationships and our happiness and Huffington is convinced that we can only regain control of our lives if we completely rethink our relationship to sleep. More info at: http://ariannahuffington.com/books/the-sleep-revolution-tr/the-sleep-revolution-hc.

Do you even notice how tired you are?

11 Oct

Or are you already a member of the group of people suffering from a kind of advanced tiredness and you don’t even notice it any more? And all that because you can’t actually remember what it feels like not to be tired? I can give you a scientifically proven argument that may just motivate you to start getting enough sleep.

“Sleep is a time of intense neurological activity—a rich time of renewal, memory consolidation, brain and neurochemical cleansing, and cognitive maintenance. Properly appraised, our sleeping time is as valuable a commodity as the time we are awake. In fact, getting the right amount of sleep enhances the quality of every minute we spend with our eyes open.” This is an excerpt from Ariana Huffington’s book „The Sleep Revolution”.

Should you require any further motivation to give in to your need for healthy sleep, read the article by Brigitte entitled “Have we forgotten how to sleep?” on blendle.com

Less and less deeply – sleep changes in the course of a lifetime

23 Nov

As we get older we need less sleep to feel fit and refreshed. We also sleep less deeply. As a result, we wake up more frequently during the night and are naturally awake early in the morning.

And there’s more. Half of all Best Agers, that means those over 50, suffer in some way from sleeping problems, with women affected more than men. And almost two-thirds are chronic in nature. Stress and tension are cited as the main causes, often followed by pain, nightmares, noise and anxiety.

Researchers at a university in Southern California have discovered a simple method that produces astounding results – meditation exercises. At certain times of the day, you practise mindful meditation. The meditation does not focus on the sleep disorders and problems but nevertheless the result is clear. If you introduce mindful meditation into your routine, you can relax better at night and improve your sleep even if you don’t actually sleep longer.

Different countries, different sleep routines but one thing in common

31 Mar

Whether it’s on the street or in a four poster bed, there’s one thing that we all have in common, we get too little sleep.

In America, people are increasingly spreading their sleep over a series of naps throughout the day rather than all in one go. Short periods of rest seem to be enough to remain productive the whole day long. Whereas the Americans rarely air their rooms, preferring air fresheners to open windows, the Germans air their bedrooms thoroughly and place great importance on fresh air. They often leave their windows open during the night.

The Japanese sleep about 6.5 hours a night, but also on trains, at work, at school, on the street, in a vegetable basket or whatever serves the purpose at the time and no one gives a second glance.

In Mexico, on the other hand, the average is over 7 hours a night and the Mexicans are practiced at relaxation – more than 60% say they use prayer or meditation to ensure they have a peaceful and relaxing night.

However differently we choose to sleep, the one conviction most people have is that they sleep too little. It’s our going to bed routine that is mostly to blame. Many people say they watch TV, read or use electronic devices such as tablets and smart phones during the evening. They then forget the time and end up going to bed later than planned.