THE SLEEP CRISIS
The way we live today and even the way we sleep has become detrimental to our health. Sleep is something most humans have taken for granted since the beginning of time -a natural rhythm of the body and critical for a healthy life.
Sleep is as important as diet and exercise and yet whilst the press is full of positive stories about various diets, healthy eating programs, super foods, exercise regimes etc, sleep barely gets a mention.
In our modern world, statistics show that most people feel that they are performing at about 5/10 and not at their full potential – many purely because they are tired. Another statistic showed in tests that 75% of people around the world were feeling the same as they would if they were permanently jet-lagged. Humans are out of sinc with their natural biological clock because they work at odd hours and overstimulate their minds with television and computers during times when the bodies and minds are meant to be resting.
When we go to sleep at night, our brains begin to process all we have experienced during the day. In our information age, the amount of information we deal with on a daily basis is huge – whereas our parents or grandparents might have written 3 or 4 letters a day, the average person now deals with 300 emails. It is estimated that a single copy of The New York Times is about the same amount of information that the average person living100 years ago processed in a life-time. Our bodies and minds have not evolved as fast as technology, computers are designed to absorb this amount of information, we are not. We know that overloaded computers crash. What happens to humans?
There doesn’t seem to be the perfect amount of sleep for anything – it is something you need to discover for yourself. If you sleep well and long enough, you wake up feeling energised and fantastic. Dr Neil Stanley, the sleep expert at Vi-Spring refers to the 3 R’s. “At the end of the day you have to RESOLVE, RELAX AND RELEASE. Its the ability to put the day behind us, realise that there is nothing more that can be done”. That the kindest thing we can do for ourselves at the end of the day, is to enjoy a good nights sleep and as Scarlett O’Hara proclaimed in Gone with the Wind – “tomorrow is after all, another day”. Sometimes easier said than done.
There are many people who don’t sleep well but only about 3 % of them are caused by serious medical conditions, the rest are purely because of bad habits. When it comes to designing a bedroom, the considerations are no longer just about the decor and the colour of the room, its about designing a room that will ensure the best nights sleep.
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