So let me tell you about sleep and why it’s so important. If you’re like me you don’t get enough sleep, most people don’t, but here’s where we’re shortchanging ourselves: when you sleep is the time your brain actually integrates anything new you learned during the day it integrates with your old memories, it puts in new memories, and lets go of anything that’s not necessary and not only does it happen during sleep, it happens during the last hour sleep so if you set the alarm and cut off your last hour of sleep, you’re actually shortchanging your learning process.
So that’s pretty fascinating, especially if you think about how that might affect people in the work environment, are they able to learn the things they learned on the job translate that into new behaviors the next day. what are we doing to children in the school system if they wake up too early and haven’t integrated what they learned before.
Sleep is really important in addition to learning it really serves your body’s healing process. At night time is when the body heals itself. It starts to flush out the impurities and toxins that we taken through the day like smog from cars, junk food we ate, secondhand smoke that is inhaled. And if we short change our sleep we shortchange the process of cleansing the body.
Some researchers believe that the build up of these toxins is what eventually leads to cancer and Alzheimer’s and all kinds of other things we don’t want to have when we get older.
So sleep is important if you can get enough. You know you’ve had enough if you wake naturally without the alarm. For some of us that’s eight hours, for some it’s ten, for some it’s six. But most importantly pay attention to how much sleep you need and really try to make it a priority.