Sleeping Beauties 2: Just Sleepy & Hill’s Mud Maiden
Welcome to Day 2 of Sleeping Beauties here on DDoA! Today I bring you part 2 of our 5 part feature on the myths and truths about sleep. I also bring you the ‘Mud Maiden’, a sleeping beauty sculpture by Susan Hill that permanently sleeps in a garden in England.
Myths & Facts About Sleep (PART 2 of 5)
Information from the National Sleep Foundation of America
Sleep Myth 3- Turning up the radio, opening the window, or turning on the air conditioner are effective ways to stay awake when driving.
Sleep Truth 3- These “aids” are ineffective and can be dangerous to the person who is driving while feeling drowsy or sleepy. If you’re feeling tired while driving, the best thing to do is to pull off the road in a safe rest area and take a nap for 15-45 minutes. Caffeinated beverages can help overcome drowsiness for a short period of time. However, it takes about 30 minutes before the effects are felt. The best prevention for drowsy driving is a good night’s sleep the night before your trip.
Sleep Myth 4- Teens who fall asleep in class have bad habits and/or are lazy.
Sleep Truth 4- According to sleep experts, teens need at least 8.5 – 9.25 hours of sleep each night, compared to an average of seven to nine hours each night for most adults. Their internal biological clocks also keep them awake later in the evening and keep them sleeping later in the morning. However, many schools begin classes early in the morning, when a teenager’s body wants to be asleep. As a result, many teens come to school too sleepy to learn, through no fault of their own.
“Susan Hill’s ”Mud Maiden” – a stone sculpture covered in moss and vines that looks like a modern version of a reclining buddha. The sculpture is delicately sprawled within the estate of the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornall, England. The estate is 400 years old and up until recent times the gardens were neglected, until a hurricane devasted the gardens and inspired locals brought them back to life…” Read more