Ahhh sleep, the elusive night time endeavour! We have been doing it for thousand and thousands of years but just now slowly unlocking the mystery of sleep. It is one of the great puzzles of human health waiting to be pieced together. “Nature has endowed us with an amazing brain. So why in the world would nature have that very same brain put itself to sleep for one-third of our lives?” (Shankar Vedantam)
From, Alzheimers, mental health, peformance, healing, immune function, growth and regrowth…sleep is an all powerful thing and the benefits from a good 6- 8 hour sleep are just what the doctor ordered.
“If we didn’t need eight hours of sleep and we could survive on six, Mother Nature would have done away with 25 percent of our sleep time millions of years ago because when you think about it, sleep is an idiotic thing to do. If sleep does not provide a remarkable set of benefits, then it’s the biggest mistake the evolutionary process has ever made.” (Matthew Walker)
Above is an excerpt from an interview about brain behaviour during sleep. Want more? Read the transcript from the conversation titled ‘eyes wide open‘
Enjoy and goodnight, sleep tight!