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Sleeping Beauties 5: The Active Brain & Pattnaik’s Sand Queen

Welcome to Day 5 of Sleeping Beauties here on DDoA! Today I bring you the last part of our 5-part feature on the myths and truths about sleep. We also have the last feature on sleeping beauty art with “A Queen”, by sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik. 

Myths & Facts About Sleep (PART 5 of 5)
Information from the National Sleep Foundation of America

Sleep Myth No.9  During sleep, your brain rests.
Brain illustration by Mark Hicks
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Sleep Truth No.9  The body rests during sleep, however, the brain remains active, gets “recharged,” and still controls many body functions including breathing. When we sleep, we typically drift between two sleep states, REM (rapid eye movement) and non-REM, in 90-minute cycles. Non-REM sleep has four stages with distinct features, ranging from stage one drowsiness, when one can be easily awakened, to “deep sleep” stages three and four, when awakenings are more difficult and where the most positive and restorative effects of sleep occur. However, even in the deepest non-REM sleep, our minds can still process information. REM sleep is an active sleep where dreams occur, breathing and heart rate increase and become irregular, muscles relax and eyes move back and forth under the eyelids.
Read this “What Happens When You Sleep?”
Read about the Theories of Sleep on ABOUT
Sleep Myth No.10 If you wake up in the middle of the night, it is best to lie in bed, count sheep, or toss and turn until you eventually fall back asleep.

“Counting Sheep”
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Sleep Truth No.10 Waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to go back to sleep is a symptom of insomnia. Relaxing imagery or thoughts may help to induce sleep more than counting sheep, which some research suggests may be more distracting than relaxing. Whichever technique is used, most experts agree that if you do not fall back asleep within 15-20 minutes, you should get out of bed, go to another room and engage in a relaxing activity such as listening to music or reading. Return to bed when you feel sleepy. Avoid watching the clock.

Sleeping Beauty Feature 5
“A Queen”(Sand Art)
Artist: Sudarsan Pattnaik 
Location: Odisha (formerly Orissa), India
Image from The Telegraph-UK
Sudarsan Pattnaik(Oriya: ସୁଦର୍ଶନ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ; born on 15 April 1977) born in Puri nearly 60 km from Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha (formerly called Orissa ).He is the inventor of sand art in India. He started sculpting images on sand at the age of seven and has designed hundreds of sand sculptures. Having been born to a poor family, Pattnaik did not have the benefit of completing his  formal education. However, destiny had something very special reserved for him “by the serene sea”- allowing him to leave imprints on the “sand of time”. Pattnaik has won many national and international awards for his creative designs and has even made it to the World records.

Sudarsan Pattnaik’s ultimate objective is to create awareness and enthusiasm for Sand Art. He travels to various parts of India to do demonstrations, workshops and training. He endeavors to promote sand art as a popular professional art form.  He established The Golden Sand Art Institute which is the first of its kind in India. His work’s themes include: environmental crisis, famous festivals, national integrity and religious tolerance… Read more on Wikipedia

Read this: “Most Santa Claus images on sand-Sudarshan Pattnaik sets world record”
Watch this video: Indian sand artists create over 500 Santa sculptures in world Record
Learn more about the Sand Art of Sudarsan Pattnaik
Learn more about “ORISSA (Odisha) – The Essence of Incredible India”
Read about Odisha’s International Sand Art Festival

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