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 much more. 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.

Here's a "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 muscles.

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 80's. In 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.

The concept here is that the exercise makes you focus on something other than racing thoughts while simultaneously boring you and loosening up your muscles.

Try this just once and you might find that you'll use this tip for life!


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