The reason why you aren't functioning at your peak
We were glad to see that one of our
favourite titles, Huffington Post, is also a great advocate of a
good night's sleep. According to a recent article, sleep is the
single most important aspect of your day, which of course we
Our body clock is pre-set and 35% of
your life is spent sleeping, so why aren't many taking it
seriously? Sleep is essential, there isn't any getting away from
it; so why do we spend more time choosing our favourite morning
latte flavouring than managing our sleep patterns?
Over the years there have been many
different theories why we sleep, some suggesting it's a waste of
time while others search for the opposite, although there are some
strong arguments and each offer valued points; without it for any
length of time, it's undeniable that we aren't able to
Science proves that our brain
continues to be active at night at which time the brain cells
shrink allowing the brain fluid to move freely; it's during this
period of sleep that the brain has the ability to flush out the
waste. This is different during the awakened state as the brain is
expanded, restricting the ability to fulfil this role - when sleep
is restricted the ability to flush out the waste is limited and the
behaviours of sleep deprivation come into effect.
Think of it like a rubbish bin; during the day it
continually receives deposits, and, as we sleep, the cleaners
return emptying the rubbish allowing space for the following day.
Now, if the bin is half full and isn't emptied, there is the
possibility that the following day it will overflow and cease to
function as it should.
Common symptoms of lack of sleep
include: poor memory, increased impulsiveness, lack of creativity,
increase in weight, dependency on stimulants and stress.
Are you having trouble getting a
good night's sleep? Try our tips from
Silentnight's sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, to help you make
the most of your day.