Sleep | The Human Brain
Sleep deprivation can be
harmful to the brain. Sleep helps your brain to store the day's events and memories,
produces pathways in your brain and makes sense of the information you have processed
throughout the day.
|Sleep experts know that there is a strong
connection between physical health, sleep and intellectual performance.
The brain has a
lot of work to do while you're sleeping. In fact, a good night's sleep is essential for
the rejuvenation of neurons contained in the cerebral cortex.
When we suffer from sleep deprivation, neurons are unable to function efficiently and the
nervous system is impaired. It is thought that erratic sleep is responsible for a
deficiency in our concentration, memory and directly related to mood disorders. Sleep deprivation
is also believed to cause a decline in the immune system, causing the body and brain to
become vulnerable to infection and disease.
Many people ask; How much sleep do I need? On average, adults need about 7 to 8 hours a night of sleep for optimum health, although
some people's needs do vary. As we approach our twilight years, we may find that we need
Adequate sleep is vital to our physical health and our mental capabilities.
Some people pass out like a cat or dog as soon
as their head hits the pillow while others need to solve half the world's
problems before falling asleep. If you're the latter type of person you will
want to try the exercise below.
"proven" Greedy Brain tip that could get you the proper sleep your brain is craving. You'll wake up relaxed and
you won't have the exhausted feeling and hangover that most sleeping pills
would give you the next day:
Slowly count from 99 backwards
to 0, leisurely drawing each of the numbers in your mind as you think of the number.
You can use your closed eyes to draw the numbers if you like.
As you carefully and slowly draw each number in your head, slowly exhale and consciously relax
one part of your body for each number,
begin with your face.
Example: slowly draw the number 99 with your closed eyes or
with an imaginary marker, and at the same time let your muscles in your
temple fall relaxed as you exhale - next - slowly draw 98 and at the same time, let your jaw
fall open and relaxed as you exhale. Continue on down the numbers and down your different
Whenever your thoughts drift to other matters (and
they will at first) you must restart the countdown from 99 - don't get
frustrated with yourself, just calmly restart the countdown! Restarting
causes you to focus on the numbers. After a couple of restarts you will in all
likelihood be sound asleep without ever coming anywhere close to the 70's or
fact you'll likely wake up hours later amazed at how high the number was
when you fell asleep as long as you diligently restarted when required.
is that the exercise makes you focus on something other than racing
thoughts while simultaneously boring you and loosening up your muscles.
this just once and you might find that you'll use this tip for life!