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.
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.
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.
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