Nowadays the TED talks are getting popular as they are a good source of knowledge and recently they had shared information related to the brain and sleep science. This talk featured a sleep scientist who has a goal of making a seven-hour sleep as good as eight hours. This topic has attracted the attention of various other scientists and researchers.
This TED talk with the title “The brain benefits of deep sleep – and how to get more of it”, revealed deeper insight of the potential of deep sleep. The deep sleep can be good for our health, memory and even our potential of learning new things.
This 6 ½ minutes TED talk is available on the internet for all of you but before watching it, you must go through today’s review and summarization of it to get a deeper understanding. Here’s the broken down Gartenberg’s theory into the following points.
Lack Of Uninterrupted Sleep
As The world’s shrinking and there has been a lot of changes in our lifestyles, the sleep cycles have also changed. In comparison to the generations before us, the present living population is getting lesser sleep hours. The time we take out for our sleep is not enough.
Health Is Affected By Sleep
The diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are somehow connected with the lack of sleep. This issue is being neglected by most of us and even though the doctors know about it, they do not emphasize on it. The current lifestyle is as such that the people would like to devote time to other activities instead of completing the sleep hours.
Lack Of Sleep Slows Down The Brain And Also Makes It Hard To Relate
Sleep deprived body also has a slow functioning brain. The effects of lack of sleep are not just on the physical activities but it also makes you less empathetic. A person who has not slept well will not be able to relate to the problems of other people. This makes the decision making very poor and the person ends up making rash decisions.
Stages Of Sleep And Their Importance
There are three stages of sleep. These stages are light, deep and REM (rapid eye movement). As per the study, during the deep stage of sleep, the brain performs various other important functions which it does not while our body is awake. During this time our brain stores the information we collected and learned throughout the day. The other two stages of sleep are not so useful as our brain performs the same in these two stages as it does when we are awake. Another important thing you want to remember here is that the deep sleep and its positive effects decrease as we age.
So it is clear from this study that one needs to have proper sleep hours. Many young people think that they can manage to work without less sleep but that is not true. A proper sleep on a comfortable mattress is essential for all, especially the ones who are young and are active in various activities.