“Always remember to fall asleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose. “
SO this week, I thought I would dedicate a post to sleep. This was inspired by my sister’s project for her psychology class:
‘When in REM’ : illustrating my interpretation of the REM sleep stage. I was assigned an outreach project for my Psychology of Sleep class, so I decided to paint a picture. When I think of REM, my most immediate association is dreaming. All stages of sleep have some sort of dreams, but the most vivid occur during REM. I intended my painting to be vivid, emotion-provoking, and memorable to show what I believe dreaming in REM is like.
To reach as many people as possible, please repost this picture and the caption. I would greatly appreciate it because sleep is critical and something we should not neglect. Happy Sleeping, Dream Big!
I think we often times take sleep for granted, so I decided to do a little research and here are my findings:
Two reason why sleep is important:
- Brain Function and Emotional Well-Being : When we sleep, out brain is clearing pathways for us to learn new information as well as handle our emotions. We will also have better daytime performance with a good nights sleep behind us. People who lack enough sleep can risk their emotional well-being and often times suffer from things like depression and a lack of attention.
- Physical Health : This one was very new to me. There is a lot of repairing that happens while we sleep and if that is disrupted we can increase the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, as well as diabetes and stroke.
After reading that I was really concerned with whether I was getting enough sleep, so I dug a little deeper and found out how much sleep is enough sleep:
|Newborn Babies||16–18 hours|
|Preschool-aged children||11–12 hours|
|School-aged children||At least 10 hours|
|Adults (including seniors)||7–8 hours|
I fall into the Adult category, and I can positively say that I do get around 7 hours of sleep a night, however when I was a teen there was no way I was getting 9-10 hours (maybe on the weekends, but never on a daily basis).
As I was pondering over this data, I was trying to think of a way that would ensure that people would get enough sleep. I came up with one HUGE tip/trick to make sure that you are getting the right amount of sleep:
- Make a Routine : In high school it was hard to have an exact routine because there are always activities happening, but forming a routine and trying to stick with it will really help with getting enough sleep. Currently, I have my own routine, I wake up everyday around 6-6:30am and start my day. I get tired around 10:30-11pm and then I go to sleep. Even though I have set a routine for myself doesn’t mean I still can’t stay up late with friends or watch a movie now and then, just adjust your sleep schedule accordingly.
Something that is really helpful with making a routine is the bedtime feature in the clock app on the iPhone. You can set a time when you think you go to sleep and when you should wake up, the app reminds you when you should start getting ready for bed and wake you up in the morning. It is also able to clock the number of hours your sleep and what days of the week this applies to. I would encourage anyone who has an iPhone to try and use this feature.
<<<I talked more about this app in my Triple Threat | 2017 post about how to kick start the New Year. Sleep is year-round so take a look at this for more tips on how to get your routine started!!>>>
I hope everyone takes this as a kick of inspiration to start your routine and find out how much sleep you need to keep your body healthy, inside and out.
If you have any tips and tricks, I would love to hear them! Comment down below!
If you use social media, go ahead and post the painting my sister made and use her caption. (Tag me in the photo, too! @cupofteaforthought)
I wish you all a wonderful week! If you have finals inching around the corner, like myself, I wish you lots of luck! We can do this!!
I will talk to you all next week! Happy sleeping!
All the Best,
I found all the sleep information here: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why