We are learning that sleep is so important for our health. Need more proof, read The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington (yes, the founder of The Huffington Post). There are two points that she makes beautifully. First, she mentions that we as a society have relegated one of the most important aspect of our lives to something that is insignificant. Take for example, in comic books when a character is sleeping there is a thought bubble in which there are “ZZZ’s”. Arianna points out this is symbolic of a society that has assigned the most insignificant and last letter of the alphabet to something we should be prioritizing. Maybe they should have a thought bubble with “AAA’s”. She also has an epiphany that is somewhat philosophical. She thinks that if she had prioritized sleep in her younger days, she could have been far more successful and productive now. From a scientific perspective, this is very possible. Scientists have found that brain development in humans is thought to extend to about 25 years old. That means you still develop connections in your brain up until that point, after which its all gradually downhill from there. I have been guilty of many “all nighters” studying and movie marathons in my high school and college years. Could that have stunted my potential and what I could have been capable of achieving further down in my life? Possibly. It is a frightening thought. I would encourage people with children to teach them the importance of getting a good night’s sleep each and every night.
Here are some tips to get a better night’s sleep.