A Good Night’s Sleep — What Is That?

Is there such a thing as getting 12 hours of sleep? We needed when we were infants. Interestingly, it played a huge part to our development, but as we’ve gotten older we became sleep deprived. Time hasn’t changed. The 24 hours of then are the same 24 today. The contrast is the choice to sleep is in our hands. Our parents (guardians) decided back then. Their instinct to put us to sleep (or our teachers making us take naps in school) was ingenious.

What makes this topic so important? I have found that, only when I’m sick, 12 hours of sleep is too much. If I get more than 8 hours I feel sluggish; more exhausted. Look at what’s a “good night’s sleep” ….

night in which one sleeps well — What should I do before bed to get a good night’s sleep? Tip 1: Keep in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle

  1. Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day. …
  2. Avoid sleeping in—even on weekends. …
  3. Be smart about napping. …
  4. Fight after-dinner drowsiness. …
  5. Expose yourself to bright sunlight in the morning. …
  6. Spend more time outside during daylight.

More items…•Jun 21, 2019

#3 states that we should be smart about napping. It is said that the ideal nap time should be 10 to 20 minutes. I think this is why the research says to be smart about it. If your nap is too long it will, likely, throw off your sleep cycle at night. Yet, I argue just a tad, taking a page from my Dad, that if I didn’t sleep well the night before, once I get a chance to sleep I need to take advantage. I will sleep (nap) longer than 20 minutes! And, even with this, even the doctor tells us to rest when we’re sick. It’s mechanisms helps us recuperate.

Is there a difference between sleep and rest? Absolutely!

Your body needs both sleep and rest. Think of taking a rest as giving yourself a break or time-out from the hectic pace and pressure of daily life. Resting doesn’t even have to be done lying down. You can do it while seated, by meditating or engaging in visualization or deep-breathing exercises. Is Resting as Beneficial as Sleeping | Sleep.org
https://www.sleep.org › articles › resting-vs-sleeping

Hans Luijendijk
Hans Luijendijk, VP Global Commercial Excellence at Teva (2009-present)
Answered Oct 7, 2015

According to Mr. Luijendijk sleep is a very specific state of your brain. If you don sleep at all, your brain will stop functioning properly and eventually makes you completely dysfunctional.

Rest is different in the sense that your brain is not recovering in this state. If you don take a rest you’ll feel exhausted (physically), but you can still function (well, maybe not run a marathon).

Rest is sitting on the couch, but intensively reading a book for example. You brain activity can be quite high. In sleep you more or less create a a different state for your brain, which you need to simply survive. Brain activity is not necessarily low, but if thereś high activity it’s in different parts of your brain.

Sleep is more a necessity as compared to a rest. You can keep going at a slower pace for a very long time. No sleep will kill you eventually.

I don’t know about you but it sounds like a good night’s sleep is liken to a rest … dire for the body, mind and soul.

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