2013年10月28日月曜日

A Good Night’s Sleep – Defrag Your Body


Did you know that the restorative function of sleep may be a consequence of the enhanced removal of potentially neurotoxic waste products that accumulate in the awake central nervous system? Ok, first of all let's decode this scientific lingo to something we can all understand. Basically, when we sleep scientists believe that our body goes into super clean-up mode and removes a lot of the bad stuff in our body. Imagine it is like a computer defragging the hard drive! Yep, our sleep is very important.

Sleep has been a big issue in my life recently. Both my university students and I don't seem to be getting enough sleep; albeit for very different reasons. For my students, working late part-time jobs and staying up late watching TV etc seems to be the main cause for their lack of sleep. As for me, my bed is…how do I put it kindly...my bed is more ancient than Egypt. I think if I look inside the mattress I might just discover a dinosaur skeleton. Ok, maybe I am exaggerating a little bit. But, in my defense, it was already used when I bought it, and it definitely has a retro 70's look and feel to it. Anyway, I think you get the picture; it is not very comfortable and my nightly defrag has suffered greatly in the last six months especially.

Well, no more! Indeed, last week I purchased a new bed! Now, if you have never bought a new bed, when you do, be ready for a very difficult experience. The makers, shops and sales staff will flood you with attractive words like: beauty rest, revolutionary latex foam, comfort layer, body zone design, ergonomics design…and on and on and on. Ok, so basically what they mean is that every mattress is the perfect one for me. Well, that is not very helpful! So, what did I do? Like any good twenty-first century citizen, I headed straight to the only one who has ALL the answers. Yep, that's right, Google Sensei! A quick search for the different brands and mattresses would surely give me the answers I needed to choose the perfect bed. Nope. Instead, I discovered that every mattress was supposedly good half the time, and each mattress was also apparently bad half of the time. Well, Google Sensei does like to keep a good balance of Yin and Yang. After my research, I was left feeling even more confused.

Ok, so researching the internet for mattress user satisfaction information did not help me very much. What I did find out, however, was some very good advice. One – You should try each mattress before you decide to buy and try sleeping on it for fifteen minutes. Two – Never go to buy a bed when you are feeling tired because every bed will feel heavenly. I took this advice and finally decided on a new bed. Will I be sleeping like the dead? Will I no longer toss and turn at night? Will I no longer wake up with a sore back and shoulder? Will my body defrag finally operate at peak efficiency? Stay tuned and I will let you all know. Wish me luck! :)
Oh, and if you have any great sleep tips and advice for a great night's rest, please leave some comments.

Nick


講師の紹介:Nick
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