Why you need super sleep
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Why You Need Super Sleep

Have you ever thought about a way to protect yourself against all sorts of lifestyle diseases such as dementia, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, etc… ? As a result you’ll enjoy extra say 80 years of good quality life. You will have good memory, have zest for life, want to be creative and curious about life, your weight will be just right for you. All you’ll be asked to do is to sleep for one third of your life. But not just any kind of sleep – you’ve got achieve super sleep! I’m talking about uninterrupted, deep, sound, delicious sleep where you experience REM sleep.

Would you be up for it?

Does it sound too simple or on the contrary, too difficult for you?

Well, firstly, why sleep is so important you might like to know.

Some scientists have put rats (poor rats) to the test and let them be awake, they die within four weeks! Remember big Brother, they tried to test people how long they would go without sleep – that was torture, but people do nearly everything for money right, (ahh, different story). They scraped the test very quickly….!

Yet one species in the natural world thinks they can run against nature and natural instincts and stretch the boundaries… some human beings think they are super heroes and can scrap sleep, instead dope on chemical stimulants, alcohol, drugs, artificial lights.

But in the natural world there is not such a thing as something for nothing.

Everything has its cost. The proof is there already. We read it in the papers nearly every day. NHS hospitals are struggling to cope with the amount of patients.

So why are we talking ourselves into believing it’s OK to cut down on sleep?

First of all, it’s the whole understanding and education about sleep and the importance. My dad believes that when he is dead that’s the time to rest!! What?? He might be there, 6 ft under, without knowing with this attitude to sleep. Is 6 hours enough to let the body process all the information from the day and do its physiological things?

So what is pushing us to cut down the precious hours of sleep?

I’m sure you have your reasons. But is it the biological cost really worth it? Think about it!

So far I’ve been talking about the length of sleep but actually, the step forward to longevity is something else.

Quality of sleep

Check this one out!

“Judging sleep by its duration is like judging a plate of food by the total number of calories on it rather than the fats, proteins and carbohydrates,”

Professor Horne said. “We don’t need to make up all the sleep we’ve lost, it’s the quality of the sleep that’s so important.”

Some people would do anything to try shorten the sleep so that they can get more out of 24 hrs.

Here is what’s been tried so far.

The pink noise

Phyllis Zee, professor of neurology at Northwestern University in Chicago did an experiment in her sleep lab on 13 people aged 60 to 84 just for 2 nights. They were asked to wear a pair of earphones and listened to meaningless sound called “the pink noise” . It’s similar to the white noise of TV static. The noise doesn’t disturb sleep but it’s noticeable by the brain. The result was: the next day her volunteers performed 3x as well in memory tests in comparison to a different day when being tested. What has actually happened: “Their slow-wave activity, the phase of sleep during which the body releases growth hormones while the brain stocks up on energy and consolidates its new neural pathways, was markedly increased. It was, in crude terms, super-sleep.”

Bioelectricity

“In the first century AD Scribonius Largus, court physician to the Roman emperor Claudius, was in the habit of treating gout and migraines by applying a live electric torpedo fish to the affected spot. The Victorians used “electropathic” belts to boost the virility of feeble men. Today we have transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS). These clunky headsets are designed to pass a weak electrical field through a particular brain region, making it easier or harder for the neurons to chatter with one another. They have been used as experimental treatments for depression, chronic pain and belief in God.”

Fabiana Ruggiero shared results from her research testing 26 people, aged 19-86 with different illnesses – i.e. stroke survivors, with parkinson’s disease, eating disorders, people with certain type of spasm in legs gave these people individually measured doses of electricity to their heads for 20 min for 5 consecutive days and found out that people slept on average 22% better and their sleep quality improved by 13% and the efficiency of their sleep went up by 17%.

Gosh, can you imagine sleeping with a helmet pumping some electricity into your head?

Take a nap

Another observation what today’s western modern way of living completely misses is napping. Most of the people in the western world tend to sleep in say 8hrs in one stretch. Whereas according to a book “At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past the author Roger Ekirch points out that from the ancient Greece until the Industrial revolution was so normal to snooze in the middle of the day and when they woke up they carried on with their day and then when tired off they went for a second round of sleep.

Wanting to move to Spain?

No wonder some of the Mediterianian countries such as the Spaniets, still follow the tradition of midday siestas. Partly because the climat doesn’t allow one to be properly productive even with an air con on. And also there is something to be said about taking it easy after lunch, don’t you think?

What famous people have to say about sleep?

Take a look at Winston Churchill who although managed with about 5/6 hour long sleep he also took a nap after lunch. Why did he do it? In his own words: “You must sleep sometime between lunch and dinner,” he once said. “Take off your clothes and go to bed. That’s what I always do . . .You will be able to accomplish more. You get two days in one. Well, at least one and a half.”

Why we still don’t follow his footsteps I don’t know!

The polyphasic sleep movement 

It’s a a group of people (movement) who breaks the long chunk of sleep into smaller chunks. It’s basically micro-napping – being able to fall into a deep sleep within 30 sec for just 30 minutes and repeat that every 6 hours. Some people like Steve Pavlina napped for 20 min every 4 hours which made only 2 hours of sleep in total a day! It took him many days to adapt to such a way of sleeping and he abandoned that after 5 and half months due to wanting to see more of his wife and children.

How interesting hey! You want more from you life but when you actually cannot enjoy life with people you love and care about, what’s the point?

Another big point certainly for me is that this polyphasic sleep method can actually can have pretty disasterous consequences for health as the brain is constantly fighting for its survival.

As Professor von Schantz said. “To sleep less than you feel you need to is likely to be harmful to you in the medium and long term.”

What is super sleep?

All of the above experiments are aimed to get you achieve one thing: to get to the rapid –eye movement (REM) stage, the moment when we dream, within literally minutes.

Quote and some data above from: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/forget-about-eight-hours-you-need-super-sleep-everything-we-thought-we-knew-about-a-good-night-s-rest-may-be-wrong-7rdb08kcb

How about Magnets?

Apart from taking pills or trying out one the above methods have you ever thought of using magnets to help you achieve good night sleep? And here I’m not talking about your fridge magnet that holds your shopping list. They have been used since the ancient times and have many uses from reducing inflammation, improving circulation and blood flow, speeds up recovery after injury – the applications are widespread. You also need to speak to someone who is knowledgeable and consult with you first. What’s more, not every magnet is the same. They wary hugely and some even may do the opposite what they meant to do.

I’ve seen it happen, I’ve tested them. They work! They are side effect free, easy to use and efficient!

Everyone wants to get up refreshed, energized and ready to go, right?

If you’d like to explore the most natural way of sleeping with me, please contact me to find my secret to optimum health, longevity and delicious sleep every single day.

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Lucie Patel Varekova

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