Pleasures of segmented sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best things you can do for your body and especially for your brain. While you are asleep your brain processes the information you gained throughout the day and prepares you for the next one. As John Steinbeck once wrote: “It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it”. In simpler words: A good nights’ sleep provides you with a clearer mind.

After years of struggle with my own irregular sleeping patterns I can only confirm how important a healthy sleep cycle is. When I was a child I used to stay up way too late and that pattern followed me into adulthood causing sleep deprivation and tiredness… and it was not easy to get a healthy sleeping rhythm back. So parents, be “awake”!

Even if you are content with your current sleep cycle Jessa Gamble’s TEDTalk is much more than a simple reminder about the importance of sleep. It appealed to me immediately and taught me much more than I expected. Jessa is an award-winning writer from Oxford and co-owner of the science blog The Last Word on Nothing. In the recent years she laid her focus on sleep research and actually discovered the answers to the questions I also had.

Can I reduce my need for sleep?

How can I make the most of my sleep time?

What is the most efficient sleeping pattern that would help me make the most of the day?

Am I going to be able to meet that deadline without having to exhaust myself to death?

Jessa, being born in Oxford, UK and currently residing in the Canadian Arctic, is thusly experienced in adapting to various daylight and darkness times in different latitudes.

In her scientific research she raises the most important question of all: “How would our internal body clock work if there were no artificial external factors affecting it?

She keeps her answer short, following her blog motto:

“Science says the first word on everything, and the last word on nothing.”

– Victor Hugo

Photo credit: Cover image by Pixabay

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About Zeynep Ercan

Coming from the city where two continents meet, Zeynep has a passion for bridging cultures. As a social and cultural anthropology student she is looking for ways to understand the world around her better (and hopes to leave it a better place).

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