Do you find non-fiction objectionable? Do you loathe and abhor self-help books? Do you find memoirs so depressing you think you may go out and beat your neighbor to make yourself feel better? Well...that's how I feel. If you feel the same, you've found the right place. In my feature IN WHICH I AM WELL INFORMED I will be reading something of a non-fiction nature and I will tell you what I've learned from said item. No worries, this is going to be fun!This week's selection for In Which I am Well Informed is SLEEP by Infinite Ideas.
**I just want to preface this post by saying that all my thoughts are my own and are only meant in fun and not to be offensive. Sometimes life should be laughed at and not taken so seriously. It's better that way.**
Are you tired of being tired? Have you suffered from insomnia for ages but are in the dark about how to stop it? Whether you are suffering from nightmares, insomnia, restless leg syndrome or sleep apnoeainsomnia, stress or your partner's snoring, the Sleep series comes to the rescue. Here Infinite Ideas reveals 10 brilliant and straightforward techniques to help deal with all types of persistent sleep problems so that you can get the sleep you deserve. More helpful tips can be found in Sleep 2: 10 more great tips for a perfect night's sleep
Okay, so why did I pick this book? I have a sick fascination with sleeping. Not that I really get to do much of it with 2 kids and a husband who feels I should be up with the friggin' rooster (if we had a rooster that is), but still...
And I don't know about the rest of you, but anyone else want to jump into that book cover? It looks so sooooofft!!
Anyway, what did I learn:
1. By far the biggest cause of insomnia is stress: This is something I'm not surprised of in the slightest. I mean, my mind is always moving a mile a minute because LIFE IS INSANE!
2.Most of us have 4-5 stages of sleep a night and each of those stages has its own 5 stages of sleep. Our deepest sleep is stage 5:REM Sleep: I've read up on sleep a lot, especially REM...this is because I'm a nerd. However, I don't know how many of you know this, but REM is when we have dreams. According to SLEEP, "your brain is as active as it is when you're awake. Your eyes dart about, while your heart rate, breathing rate and blood pressure all rise and can be erratic--this explains moments when you wake up from a disturbing dream with your heart thumping." I HATE those dreams. The ones you wake up from and you swear you have a murderer/zombie in your room about to come get you and/or your children and eat what's left of your brain. *closet lights on*
3. Muscles are paralyzed during sleep: This I did NOT know exactly, but I did crack up because someone asked the question about men and their...uhhhh...morning greeting *giggles*
Q: If muscles are paralyzed during sleep, why does my husband wake up with an erection every morning?
Isn't that the age old question. No, seriously, this is something I've ALWAYS wondered. Don't all of you deny it either, you've probably wondered as well. Well, apparently they aren't quite sure why, but they do say:
A: No one really knows. Men get erections and women's vaginas become engorged every single time a person dreams, as often as three to five times a night. However, your husband is just as likely to be dreaming about diesel trains as what his secretary looks like with no clothes on. Sexual thoughts or dreams are not thoughts to trigger these responses.
Huh. Who knew. o_o I'm not really surprised. Those dreams of Zac Efron and My Book Boyfriends
4. Ever wonder why sometimes you get tired in the middle of the day? Apparently our bodies have a drop in temperature and increase in sleepiness around midday until two in the afternoon. Interesting! I always thought this was because of eating lunch. This makes SO much more sense than that...well, unless I was digesting a GINORMOUS meal, especially one involving turkey.
5. I am an Owl: Um, not literally, metaphorically. *giggles* "Owls want to go to bed later and are slow to get going in the morning. They're normally seen running for a bus, still putting on their jackets, their stomachs groaning after missing breakfast." No matter what time I go to bed, this is me. Apparently my internal clock is just running "slightly slower than 24 hours and my daily cycle is longer". This is seriously good to know because sometimes my husband gives me way more grief than I deserve about my rough mornings.
If you are curious, there are also Larks whose body clocks "run slightly faster than 24 hours and their daily cycle is slightly shorter. So larks want to go to bed early, get up early and are irritatingly bright eyed and bushy tailed the minute they get up." Not. Cool.
6. Sleeping too little and too much IS NOT GOOD: Sleeping too little (less than five hours per night) makes sense, your body doesn't get time to recharge. Sleeping more than nine hours a night repeatedly (which is considered too much) is also not good. This surprises me though. I thought it would benefit your body, but it will actually shorten your life span. CRAZY!
7. Women seem to need about 20 more minutes sleep than men: Awesome. Anyone want to know why? It's because, and I quote, "Women use their brains in a more flexible way than men..." This means our [women] brains are working harder in the day which makes us more tired come sleep time. LMAO! Our brains are more flexible, rock on!
8. Women are better at coping with stress: Of course we are, are brains are more flexible, LOL! No, but in all seriousness, experts associate with some female hormones or because females talk it out more often then men which is one of the key ways to stop it. Interesting.
9. Insomnia is more common in older people and women are twice as likely to suffer than men: Awesome. o_o
10. Chocolate does NOT have enough caffeine in it to be considered a significant source of caffeine in regards to insomnia: Meaning, if caffeine is keeping you awake, chocolate would not be a contributor. Although, the darker the chocolate the more caffeine it contains. For it to have any sort of effect, you'd have to down "150g of dark chocolate, 30 bars of milk chocolate or 50 cups of hot chocolate". I don't know about any of you, but I now have a craving for chocolate.
Do all of you feel more knowledgeable now? Or do you just have a hankering for hot men and chocolate? Or are you feeling sleepy and would like to take a nap along with me whilst I dream of hot men and chocolate?
That's what I thought. *winks*