Why do we sleep?
It’s actually a tough question that ‘science’ has yet to provide a definitive answer for. An article in the Huffington Post is claiming to have the answers. And based on the reasonable comprehensive research I undertook when writing ‘Sleeping Apart not Falling Apart’, the connections are logical.
It makes sense doesn’t it? Sleep is a regenerative and restorative process – it’s the body’s way of recharging all the systems that keep up going day-to-day. Put it together with fuel from food, shelter to keep us warm, clean air to breathe, and a couple of other important bodily functions, and we realise that Maslow really knew what he was talking about.
My ‘two cents’ in this basic need for all humans is how we get it – and how someone else can interfere with our sleep. And then…. how other people judge us when we foresake a social norm to meet this basic need.
“Blah, blah Jennifer…. we know!!”
But that’s the bit that always leaves me looking like this?
- Would you starve yourself so people didn’t think your relationship was in trouble?
- Would you sleep on the streets to prove your love to a partner?
- Would you hold your breath or stop going to the toilet so your friends thought your relationship was ‘on track’?
Maybe other people would and I’m the odd one out. (BUT I don’t think so).
Anyway…….. I’ll just have to keep on trying to understand. Safe in the knowledge that my brain is in its best state to ponder such deep thoughts, because I have so much restorative sleep every night.
Million dollar question answered.