The things that has harmed the human civilization the most is sleep. The discovery of artificial light has only added to the woes by disturbing the biological clock of human being. (In cities, even the rooster has forgotten to crow at the crack of dawn). Gadgets and applications like computer, mobile and internet has made sleep an interference rather than a necessity.
To maintain good health our body requires performing the following functions: cleaning, maintaining and repairing. Sleep plays a very vital role in the function of repairing.
A baby in the womb virtually sleeps throughout the 10 lunar months (280 days) of gestation. The baby’s whole body is being created during this time of deep sleep. A new born sleeps for long hours because its body is still growing...18 hours...14 hours and in the end as it grows it settles to around eight hours. The sleep hours of an old man keeps reducing to five, four and even three hours because the growth of the body has stopped.
Latest researches indicate that there cannot be one fixed time for everyone to wake up. Each person has his own bio-rhythm to follow. Within twenty-four hours, for about three hours, the body temperature of each person goes down. And those three hours are the hours of deepest sleep. If a person is woken up during this period which whole energy gets disturbed and he will have a non-productive day.
Normally, it is all right for everybody to wake up with the rising sun. The rising sun raises the body temperature. However, one person’s body may get warmer sooner than the other...so one will wake-up at 6:00 am while the other will wake-up an hour later. So, each person should find out the right wake-up time for them.
For right sleep
a) Understand your biological rhythm. (check links below)
b) Eat light (follow the adage: breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper)
c) Do not sleep immediately after eating.
d) Sleep like a baby – deep abdominal breathing that allows you maximum oxygen.
e) Make peace with your loved ones…do not carry anger or resentment to bed.
During sleep our body’s metabolism slows down and our cells are getting recharged, muscles and tissues are repaired and you wake up feeling rejuvenated and bounding with energy – Alive!
Please take the sleep quiz, the rhythm test and top up with some informative information on sleep – follow the link below
Take a sleep quiz: http://www.medicinenet.com/sleep_quiz/quiz.htm
Daily Rhythm Test: http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/sleep/crt/
Why Sleep Matters: http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters
Sleep, Sleep Disorders and Biological Rhythm: http://science.education.nih.gov/supplements/nih3/sleep/guide/info-sleep.htm