One of the highlights of my life recently has been ‘sleep’. Sleeping on time leads to waking up on time and sleeping late leads to waking up late. I’ve realised is that – every human being needs 8 hours of sleep even if you don’t want it. Early birds or Night owls – everyone needs to sleep, those who work till late at night payback by sleeping during the daytime and the others sleep during nights (the normal people) and work during the daytime. There is no escaping sleep.
Side note – This week, my sleeping routine thrived as it had never before, I slept at 10 or 11 pm and wake up at 6 am! And it was great! There’s a research paper called Sleep to Remember which talks about how a healthy sleep cycle has positive impacts on your learning and memory power.
I have realised that sleeping to your stumbling blocks is an effective technique, the next day you wake up with a fresh attitude and a new state of mind to tackle it. The basic explanation for this is that when we’re asleep, there’s a loss of consciousness. This gives time to the newly encoded information to get absorbed in our long term memory. If you need to learn something properly, sleep is an essential factor (otherwise you’re cramming it for short term use).
“Sleep has been identified as a state that optimizes the consolidation of newly acquired information in memory. There is also evidence that sleep after learning can provide a qualitative change to memories. Learning-activated engram neurons play a critical role in memory recall and selective sleep-associated reactivation of learning-activated sensory populations serves as a necessary instructive mechanism for memory consolidation.”
Apart from brainpower, I’ve also observed that poor sleep quality leads to me waking up in a bad mood. And to avoid anger and mood disturbances I need to have a proper sleep pattern. Avoiding sleeping does add some extra hours for work but it takes away the quality and causes many serious health problems if it becomes a regular thing. Sleep runs in a circle, you just need to make the effort of joining the circle and it becomes normal and once you’re off the circle, it starts going anti-clockwise.
The one key takeaway from this issue is to remember to sleep and sleep to remember. Sleep, Learning and Memory are correlated and important for a healthy and productive life. Don’t play with your sleep.
Have a great week,
This Week’s Clippings
1 – Article – This article about Substack is eye-opening. They pay an elite, secret group of writers to make newsletter writing appear more lucrative than it is. This is really beneficial for Substack as more people will sign up and give them content for ‘their’ business.
2 – TV Series – This week I watched this miniseries consisting of six instalments that takes place in the 1960’s during turbulent times in the United States. I loved it, there are some really hilarious scenes which led to me binge watching the whole series in a one day.
3 – Video – Podcasts are a growing business. I really enjoyed this video about how podcasts became so popular. It seems like everyone already has a podcast these days. The video gives you an insight about the podcast revolution and why it grew so quickly.
4 – Video – I learnt a lot from this video about the northern white rhinos who are on the brink of extinction. Only two females of this species are alive today. A group of scientists are attempting to save this nearly extinct species through artificial insemination.
5 – Quote – “We are very good lawyers for our own mistakes, and very good judges for the mistakes of others” (Source: Hippie by Paulo Coelho)
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