Thursday, 1 August 2019

Time to reclaim your super-power!!!

Dear Reader,

Here is a TED talk that I found very useful: Sleep is your superpower.

Notice how calmly Matt puts across his point. He seems so relaxed even in a normally fast paced 18 minutes TED talk.

I connected with lots of points made by him in this talk. He uses some interesting scientific rationale and evidences from 10+ years of research. 

  • Sleep loss has a direct link with reproductive health !!
  • Sleep directly impacts our memory & learning ability: It is “the save button” on what we learnt today and prepares our brain for absorbing next set of memories and learning.
  • Sleep deprivation “shuts down our memory inbox”, any incoming files to the memory just bounce.
  • Disruption of deep sleep as we age, directly contributes to memory loss and even Alzheimer's disease.
  • Sleeping pills don’t produce naturalistic sleep.
  • Sleep loss of 1 hour is linked to 21% increase in heart attacks and sleep deprivation of 4 hours causes a 70% reduction in immune system activity.
  • The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life
  • Lack of sleep will even erode the DNA genetic code

“Sleep is not an optional lifestyle luxury. Sleep is a non-negotiable biological necessity. It is your life-support system, and it is Mother Nature's best effort yet at immortality”.

The good news is that restoring our sleep hours is in our control and is a choice.

Till June 2015 I managed life with average 5 hours daily sleep. I have since then consciously redesigned my schedule to sleep average 7 to 8 hours a day. The benefits have been immense since then.

I also learnt some practical ways to get deep sleep. I had written a note many months ago based on the guidance by THAC. Do take a look : 10 natural tips to better sleep

May this note remind you of your own Sleep Superpower.

Warm regards