How Did You Sleep Last Night?

 

Did you know that “as you sleep, slow waves of electrical activity in your brain seem to help rinse away harmful waste products that could otherwise damage your brain cells“?

So says this New Scientist article.

In fact, the article suggests there could be a connection between sleep deprivation and Alzheimer’s disease. Wow! That’s a bit scary to think about.

What about you? Do you have problems sleeping? Do you toss and turn all night? Or maybe (like me) you sleep in spurts? Or are you one of the lucky ones that snoozes the whole night through?

While most of us simply FEEL better with a good night’s sleep, it’s also better for us overall. Healthline says this about sleep …

  • Poor sleep can make you fat
  • Good sleep can improve concentration and productivity
  • Good sleep can maximize athletic achievement
  • Poor sleep increases the risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Sleeping affects your glucose metabolism (e.g., Type 2 diabetes)
  • Poor sleep is linked to depression
  • Sleep improves your overall immunity
  • Sleep affects your emotions and social interactions

But wait! There can also be too much of a good thing! More than 9 hours of sleep a night may actually do more harm than good resulting in potential calcium buildup in your heart arteries.

It seems if a person gets 7-8 hours of sleep at night, it puts them in the “ideal” range.

So tell us. How did you sleep last night?

32 thoughts on “How Did You Sleep Last Night?

  1. Unless I was under anaesthetic I have not slept a full night since I contracted colitis in 1986. I sleep in approx 2 hour bursts. Sleep apnea, type II diabetis, chronic diarrhea, heart problems, and a multitude of other medical issues make “sleep” impossible. Nothing works. Death will be a welcome nap.

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    • Geez, rawgod. You’ve intimated in comments that you have some health problems, but I’m a bit taken back by the number of them! I know you’re not a person who wants sympathy, so all I can say is I wish you more good days than bad. And most of all … sleeeep … since it’s proven to have healing powers.

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      • Not to worry, Nan. I have survived this long, I’ll keep on surviving for a while yet. (Mind you, our family DNA does not suggest long life.) Thank you for your well-wishes.
        But if you know any mad scientists who want to try transplanting a brain from an inhabited body to an unhabited one, have them give me a call. I doubt it would transfer the spirit, but I’m willing to try.

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  2. Generally I go to bed and wake up in the morning. People can be screaming next door and I will not hear it. I am trying to get to bed early so I can get 8 hours of sleep.
    There is a book titled how we sleep or something close. I haven’t finished reading it, but it looks like a good read.

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  3. I am pleased to announce that I got my usual 3 full hours last night! As I get older, I realize that time to get stuff done is dwindling, and I feel compelled to work harder, sleep less, for I always thought sleep was much over-rated anyway. However … I must ponder the evidence you present in its favour.

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  4. I slept fitfully for about 6 hrs in my office chair after nodding off there, For about the last month it’s been in the 4-6 hour range but for years before that it was between 2-3 hours a night with a couple of helpful naps during the day. Sleep always seemed a waste of time I could be doing something else.
    Huge Hugs

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    • I was never one to consider sleep a waste of time. In fact, I kinda’ enjoy it. 🙂

      When I’ve not slept well, I feel tired and drug out the next day … and I really HATE that because I know there are things I have to do — and that makes me even more tired!

      It’s strange how we can often sleep (and feel more rested) in a recliner (or an office chair) better than in our own bed.

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      • Last winter I spent nearly every night doubled up on a sleep sofa, in the parlor, mostly to keep the fire up during the night. I slept like I had been drugged. Same thing with the recliner. It may just be that if I’m in my regular bed Im sharing it with two cats (who argue about space allocations all night long) and a husband who whuffles and snores for half the night. When I came home from the hospital last March I slept in the recliner to keep my adhesions from becoming unadhesions, and I’ve never slept better. Even with the cat on top of me.

        And you know, I think if I lived alone I’d not bother with a bed at all. Just hit the sofa and sleep.

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      • I’ll sleep for two or three hours, wake up, and then get back to sleep. This goes on through the night and can be exhausting. I have nightmares that wake me up, too, but the drugs my doctor gave me to sleep through them were simply awful and made me a zombie the whole next day. So, I take what I can get, suffer through the nightmares, and ask the alien visitors to keep it to no more than once a month to give me a break. 🙂

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        • Hmmmm. Did your doc say why you get so many nightmares? I mean, we all get them from time-to-time, but regularly? Do you lead an exceptionally eventful life? Watch gory TV? Read scary books?

          HA! I bet if you got down on your knees and prayed the “Now I lay me down …” prayer, you’d sleep like a baby. 😈

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  5. I sleep alot. I can and I see the most interresting dreams. They are like some exotic movies in wich I am a character in. I can sleep almost anywhere and most often fall asleep when I lie down. My friend even said that I could sleep on a treestump, because how easily I fall asleep in outside conditions (like cold, drafty, or damp) they themselves can not sleep in. If it weren’t for some responsibilities I have, I would propably sleep more than half of my life and I would be happy to do so, even with some of the extended risks involved, as mentioned in your article.

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  6. I find a drink in the evening helps…
    I fall asleep fine in bed after almost sleep in my recliner with the TV on, but I wake up once or twice to pee and I lay there too long because I don’t want to get out of a cozy bed….but I do. Then if the mind kicks in…forget any more sleep.

    One thing that helps me when I wake up during the night, is a drink of water by the bed and for some reason that helps put me back to sleep…like maybe I become dehydrated during the sleep time

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      • I’ve been experimenting with the “coffee-no coffee” thing, and while I insist on my two or three a day, it seems i sleep better and more easily if I limit the coffee to before supper and none after. The few times I’ve tried it in later years just woke up that damned hamster and his squeaky wheel, and while we managed between us to solve all the problems of the world, I was still awake three hours later. Not good.

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