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Brenda Gray | kiwib

Do you suspect you are sleep-deprived?

Oct 19th 2010 at 9:28 PM

 

We’ve all heard the rhetoric, haven’t we. That we need X hours sleep per night, and if we don’t get the right amount we run the risk of obesity, crankiness, short term memory loss, brain fog … yeah, all that and more.

Occasionally I’ve tried to go to bed early but it didn’t seem to achieve much, as I would wake up in the early hours of the morning. I’d turn the radio on, or play tetris on my cellphone, or read … but I’d feel like my attempts at getting more sleep were just a waste of time.

Last week I found this intriguing little clip on ted.com. (Great site, that.)

This lady referred to a study where people for a time used no artificial light whatsoever. It transpired that these people had TWO sleep periods each night. They’d go to bed around 8 pm and sleep until midnight. The next two hours were spent in a period of “meditative quiet”. They’d drop off to sleep again around 2 am, and sleep until sunrise woke them.

These people reported feeling truly awake during the day! More wakeful than they’d ever felt before!

Knowing this pattern is “normal” has greatly encouraged me not to give up trying to get more sleep. (Maybe it will help me lose weight a bit faster!) I’m not ready yet to give up artificial light (or my computer!) but at least I know that the wakeful period in the middle of the night is normal, and is nothing to be upset about!

 

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Mar 28th 2012 at 7:09 PM by troy48
i MIGHT HAVE THAT PROBLEM
   
Nov 20th 2010 at 5:53 PM by bjfoot
Good Luck! I'll be interested in what happens over the next few months. Sleep is in 2 hour cycles and the needed sleep is REM. It would make sense that artificial light would have an affect on sleep. Very interesting to say the least!
   
Nov 20th 2010 at 5:28 PM by TimRR
very good,, interesting and well worth reading
   
Oct 21st 2010 at 7:49 AM by deewest
Hello Brenda, interesting Article. I am not sleep deprived just have a really weird schedule.. LOL Nice to meet you Looking forward to reading more Articles of yours have a great day Dee
   

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