Guest Post: Why You Need Sleep to Recharge Your Brain!
Posted Mar 09 2013 12:16pm
Today I have an awesome guest post for you from Carlo Pandian. Carlo is a freelance writer and blogs about health, well being and London stuff. He has previously published for Keeping Healthy and Stylish aboutBlossoms Healthcare private doctor services and other publications providing suggestions for the well being of busy and working people. Carlo recently approached me about writing a guest post on my blog about why you need sleep to recharge your brain, which turned out to be the perfect follow up to my last post about the negative effects of lack of sleep, and how I have been suffering my total lack of sleep recently! Enjoy this very information packed post! :)
Radio Silence – Why You Need Quality Sleep to Recharge Your Brain! Many people these days suffer from feelings of fatigue and exhaustion. The pace of modern life in big and small cities is intense and many of the everyday stresses and worries can affect our ability to sleep. This can make you feel even more tired and stressed.
The true function of sleep is still something of a mystery. Experts agree on the necessity of this vital bodily function but are not sure exactly how it benefits the body. There is no doubt though if you are struggling to get a good night’s sleep it can affect your whole life.
Recharge Your Mind
There has been much research on sleep over the last 50 years though and the results do show compelling evidence that sleep is designed to recharge the brain.
Researchers agree that there is a significant difference between sleep and just lying still with your eyes closed. Although your muscles may be relaxed when you are laying still the neurons in your brain are still constantly firing. This means the brain is still fully active and as busy as it is when you are up and about. So when we are lying down and just resting our bodies our brains are still buzzing away.
However research has shown that during some stages of sleep the neurons in the brain enter radically different patterns. They move into what neuroscientist expert Dr Chiara Cirelli calls an ‘up-and-down’ pattern. This means that many neurons become inactive and at some points all neuron activity enters a silent phase. This is thought to be incredibly important to brain health and effectively creates a period of rest for the brain so that it can recharge.
Close Your Eyes and Relax
There is compelling evidence now to suggest that the primary function of sleep is to recharge and restore the brain. This means it is not simply good enough for you to lie down and close your eyes. You need to actually go to sleep in order for the neurons in your brain to enter into the deep sleep restorative patterns. You just don’t get the same benefits from periods where you are simply resting with your eyes closed (known as ‘quiet wakefulness’).
Sleep is an essential restorative function for the body. When people are deprived from sleep they can quickly start to experience problems with speech and motor functions. It becomes more difficult to carry out everyday tasks and deal with challenging situations.
Having Problems Sleeping?
If you are having trouble sleeping then you should see a doctor. There are many private clinic services that specialize in sleep therapy. This can help you to get back on track and ensure you are getting all the quality sleep you need to face life’s many challenges. Here are a few basic tips that can help you get more some more quality sleep:
· Define Your Sleeping Area – studies have shown that we find it easier to go to sleep if we have a room dedicated to this single purpose. You should keep your bedroom purely for sleeping and remove any distractions such as fitness equipment, televisions or telephones.
· Develop a Routine – sticking to a regular routine can also help you to sleep. Try to go to bed at the same time every day and spend at least one hour before winding down with a quiet, restful activity. This means no watching television or using the computer during this time.
· Have a Bath or Shower – water therapy in its simplest form at home involves having a bath or shower. This can help you to unwind and make it easier for you to get into a restful mood for sleeping.
It is important to get a good night’s sleep. Although your body can benefit from periods of quiet wakefulness your brain needs sleep in order to rest and recharge.