Thursday, June 5, 2008

How deep is your sleep?

There is nothing as rejuvenating as a good night's sleep, which leaves us cheerful and charged up. The change is lifestyle does have a huge impact on sleep patterns. As a kid, I was used to hearing sermons of getting up early. Now it’s the other way around. Folks are asking me to sleep more. If you ask me, just let a person sleep. The days (s)he is sleeping half a day is well compensated by the days when sleep time equals the flight time from London to Paris.

One summer day, my mom had gone out for running errands. The sun was nice and warm and our playing made us sleepy. I and my brother decided to take turns to sleep so that one of us could still be awake to let my mom in. He took the first turn. Seeing him nice and snug in the bed, I couldn’t resist closing my eyes. We were so comfortably dozing that we did not hear either the doorbell or my mom banging the door for an hour or so. Finally, we did wake up before my mom panicked and was about to call the police.

The first time I did a night out in my college, I was thrilled. It's besides the point that I slept the whole day next day. Once when we became confirmed night owls finishing off assignments and projects late at nights and a morning walk seemed to be a distant nirvana, I and my friend actually stayed awake the whole night to see how life is at 5:00 am in the morning!

If I had exams or had to catch a train/bus for a vacation, I could get up really early. I knew the reason. We had an alarm clock which could wake up the whole neighborhood and sounded really bad. Yes, I know an alarm clock with nice wake up call tune might just put one back to deep sleep. I used to dislike hearing it so much that I always used to wake up before it could buzz.

Most of the distinguished personalities have a track sleep record of sleeping 4 or 5 hours a day. In my childhood, I had heard enough of these people how they got up in the morning to be ahead of the world and accomplished things even when the world was sleeping. But I think I still had a valid point of sleeping such long hours in my school days. You see, I was trying to buffer the sleep that I might be losing in years to come.


Archana Bahuguna said...

Mine is as deep as a well ... :-D and also very long :-) :-)

Archana said...

Heheheh - I have done (doing) most of the stunts you have mentioned :-). Yeah, the feeling of having slept through the night without interruption is soooooooooooo good!

Sumana said...

I would just love 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep and enjoy it waking up relaxed. But when that does not happen, I just feel restless. So why has it been the other way around now for you? More work???

ceedy said...

I was away so catching up...

I then should be a distinguished personality :P...I need on an average 6 hrs sleep daily - together or split...and start my day very early....:)

Joy said...

Arc: :)

Archana: I think half the problems can be solved by good night sleep as we would be more patient and calm.

Sumana: I know what you are saying. I meantI used to sleep more in younger days. Work has been as always - sometimes hectic, sometimes as cool as breeze.

Ceedy: Its very good. Only today I read in yahoo that 6 not 8 hrs sleep is a good measure. How early ? 4:00 am ? :) :)