I am reading an exciting book on sleep science.
It is probably currently the spearhead on the subject worldwide.
Its author is a certain prof. Matthew Walker.
While his name probably doesn't tell you anything, this neuroscientist taught at Harvard and is currently a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches. neuroscience and psychology.
He is also director of the sleep and neuroimaging laboratory at the same university.
In his 20 years of career as a researcher he published further 100 scientific studies.
In short, she is one of those people to whom she addresses NASA or the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) for answers on sleep issues.
So let's say that if NASA trusts what Prof. Walker, we can trust it too 🙂
Well. I do one Premise short to make you better appreciate the extent of the discovery that I am about to show you ...
ANIMAL BRAIN AND HUMAN BRAIN
In our brain are present two areas which in many ways have opposite functions:
1. The animal brain (o reptilian brain consisting ofamygdala and related areas) is associated with impulsiveness and emotionality linked to fear, violence, pleasure, etc.
2. The human brain (represented by the neocortex, in particular by the prefrontal cortex) which presides over the logical, analytical evaluation, free from the emotional element. It is the part that provides the volitional drive for the greater long-term good and so on.
As you can well see the animal brain and human brain are comparable to little devil and little angel who sit on your left and right shoulder respectively.
So the animal brain takes you where he wants to get what he wants, regardless of the side effects that fall on you.
Here are some examples of a animal brain out of control:
- Abuse of alcohol
- Abuse of drug
- Dependence on sex
- Dependence on food (binge eating etc.)
In these conditions there is always one voice who suggests you do one of these things despite the implicit side effects:
"Come on, you don't care, then we'll get back in line tomorrow!".
Here because diets never work: because they focus on the instructions to be followed but do not take into account the dynamics of animal brain and of that human.
In contrast, the human brain represents the counterweight for these impulses, which often degenerate within a framework of self-destructiveness out of control.
THE GREAT INHIBITOR
Il human brain it is also called the great inhibitor.
But what does it inhibit?
It inhibits the impulses generated by the animal brain to avoid that their excess leads to a risk to life.
Okay, that was the premise, now pay attention...
One of the many fascinating pieces of information that has emerged over the course of intense sleep research over the past 10-15 years - presented within Walker's book - is as follows:
"Without sleep, the pairing between these two regions of the brain is lost. We cannot harness our atavistic impulses: too much gas pedal (amygdala) and not enough regulatory brake (prefrontal cortex)".
"Following a lack of sleep (even one night) our brain reverses the trend towards a primitive pattern of uncontrolled reactivity".
And let's not talk about entire sleepless nights.
One night only insufficient sleep (where it has been widely clarified that 99% of individuals means less than 8 hours) immediately sharpens the activity of the animal brain towards that human.
Not to mention a whole week with only 7 hours of sleep: the cumulative effect is impressive and sadly you cannot recover with a Sunday of abundant sleep.
Although many are "accustomed" to living below the minimum threshold of hours of sleep required for the proper functioning of the brain and the whole organism (ie 8 hours), the consequences are HARMFUL.
After reading this book I truly believe that an incredibly high percentage of diseases of the nervous and physical spheres simply result from a chronic sleep deficit (and from nothing but that).
So remember how important it is to "sacrifice" a few hours of television going to sleep at 22:30 or earlier, rather than at 00:30 or later.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUFFER FROM INSOMNIA
I'll leave you mine complete guide to sleep without drugs which you can access by clicking on the blue link below.
The information you will find will help you face e minimize insomnia without using drugs (which unfortunately DON'T represent the best solution to this problem):
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