“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.“

Mahatma Gandhi

Good morning peeps, meditation done.

Quote for the day:

“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.“

Mahatma Gandhi

Scientists divide sleep into two major types: rapid eye movement (REM) sleep or dreaming sleep, and non-REM or quiet sleep. Quiet sleep is important to help restore the body. During this phase, thinking and most physiological activities slow down, but movement can still occur, and a person often shifts position while sinking into deeper stages of sleep. The transition to quiet sleep is a quick one that might be like flipping a switch.

Unless something disturbs the process, you will proceed smoothly through the three stages of quiet sleep: drowsiness; light sleep; and deep sleep. That third stage is the most important. There the brain becomes less responsive to external stimuli, making waking the sleeper difficult. Deep sleep seems to be a time for your body to renew, repair itself, especially your muscles which is why it is so important when you are working out.

Someone whose deep sleep is restricted will wake feeling less refreshed. When a sleep-deprived person gets some sleep, he or she will pass quickly through the lighter sleep stages and spend a greater proportion of time in deep sleep, suggesting that deep sleep fills an essential role in optimal physical functioning.

Then there’s REM (dreaming) sleep when the body is still, but the mind is racing. REM sleep restores the mind, and is important for learning and memory. Scientists believe REM sleep restores the mind, perhaps partly by helping clear out irrelevant information.

I aid the quality of my sleep, by eating carbohydrates with my evening meal. That makes me sleep better. If I want to catch up with sleep in the afternoon, I will have whole grain pasta or basmati rice for lunch and I can pretty much guarantee, I will be sleeping soon afterwards. If I need to stay awake and be alert then I will reduce my carbohydrates and increase my protein intake.

The next day will already be planned so I can switch off. I like to watch detective thrillers to unwind and more often than not I will also stretch on the floor, to relax my muscles throwing back to my dancing days. By the time I hit the sack, if I have not already fallen asleep on the sofa, my mind and body will be equally relaxed and I will gain the maximum sleep benefits of a deep sleep and will wake up in the morning reborn.

Make sure you get your sleep peeps, have a thoughtful Thursday.

Breathe, Believe and Achieve

Be Happy, Healthy and Wise

Keep on Winning, Smiling and Living the Dream

Namaste

Steve Agyei

Founder of Beyond Lifestyle Secrets

Author of Celebrity Training Secrets

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