Go and get into bed immediately


We have stigmatised sleep with the label of laziness. We want to seem busy, and one way we express that is by proclaiming how little sleep we’re getting. It’s a badge of honour… No one would look at a baby asleep and say ‘What a lazy baby!’

Walker has a lovely turn of phrase, describing non-REM sleep as rhythmic chanting……like a deep, slow mantra….Vast amounts of memory processing is going on. To produce these brainwaves, hundreds of thousands of cells all sing together, and then go silent, and then on and on. Meanwhile, your body settles into this lovely low state of energy, the best blood pressure medicine you could ever hope for.

And he knows what he’s talking about. He’s a heavy-duty neuroscientist who’s spent more than 20 years researching sleep. Study after study into heart attack and stroke rates, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease and mental health show the value of having more than 6 hours sleep a night. Yes, Shakes as always was right, sleep does knit up the ravel’d sleeve of care.


6 thoughts on “Go and get into bed immediately

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s