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Being rich financially does not neccessarly mean that you are thoroughly rich – one may have accrued debt of sleeping.


Sleep is an indispensable function of our body and necessary for wellbeing of our health. We utilize nearly one fourth of our total life in working, and the rest goes in sleeping. Virtually, no substitute exists for it if any does, effects of which wear off in a couple of hours, and it causes deadly problems over a long time. When deprived of 18 hours or more, the subjects in one survey had adverse effects on their physical and cognitive fitness. They range from memory lapses, mental, physical lassitude to loss of cognitive skills. Many scientists have extended their efforts in this regard, yet the precise function it does has remained inextricably a secret.

Nearly all creatures on the earth not only perform this as a necessary activity, but their sleeping patterns vary in amount and postures too. Despite the fact that the absence of sunlight is a natural condition for most of the mammals, rats are the exceptions in terms of sleeping habits, for instance. In humans, sleeping hours decrease in amount as they age: newborns sleep for 18 hours, and this amount reduces to 8-9 hours per day when they cross their adolescent.

This is not an ‘option’ but a ‘mandatory task’. Putting aside the question of how difficult it is for researchers to learn the importance of sleep, tasks that are mainly responsible for repair and development of muscles (repairing the muscles or generating new ones) take place along with relaxing our body. One may get astounded on the thought why the brain does not perform these essential activities when we are awake, if so, we could also watch for threats. As might have been thought by the researchers, there must be some reasons. Many scientific breakthroughs have revealed that sleep is a biological function synchronised with the nature, by which an ideal environment is presented for sleep and positive signals are perceived when the person comes in that environment.

Different theories proposed by scientists came into existence to explain the actually mechanism. In 1953, one of them suggested that the amount of sunlight through retina releases a secretion, melatonin, which sends signals to the brain by which, in response, slackness is brought, and in the case of no detection, a person feels sleepy and drowsy. Some researchers base their findings on an assumption that the blood contains alcohol and its level reaches to a certain point that the sleeper has to sleep by then. However, none of the above assumptions has lived up to their expected outcome when tested on scientific scale.

According to one survey led by an American sleep research foundation, approximately three in four respondents reported, “they sleep 5-6 hours per day during their working days; however, at the weekends their natural demands are satisfied.” In this way, for example, the working age people would collect a sleeping debt of 200-450 hours annually, and debt has to be paid later or sooner or if not, many become the victims of sleeping disorders affecting their productivity at work which costs the American economic a huge amount. Unfortunately, people have a tendency to overlook consequences the lack of sleep poses.

Conditions start becoming worse as one constantly deprives himself of sleep and in this way accumulates a debt of sleep. And its adverse effects become evident and result in physical and mental imbalance; upsettingly it lays much more perilous dangers in our life. In the last decade, thirty millions accidents took place, three million per year, alone in the US and when the drivers were investigated for the cause, 75 percent conceded that they had slept on wheel when their vehicles overturned or collided into other vehicles. To surprise, half of them were under twenty five.

It is unarguable that the sleeping demands must be satisfied, but ways have be found out to satisfy our sleeping demands even without sleeping for 8 hours or so. Experts have worked on the intriguing possibility of cutting down the number of hours we sleep by skipping off the unnecessary cycles of sleep. They did achieve success but the outputs are still open for more refinements so as to ensure no health risk if used for a long time. Imagine the world with the same targets in hands in more time than you have now! It is estimated that 520 hours can be added annually to the working time one ideally has. If it goes successful employees will get an increase of 20% in their existing salaries.

Answers to the questions concerning the brain’s unknown functions may keep you up at nights keeping your brain thinking on its own mechanism for a while. As for the fact that it would expose us to something, though it is just a thought, we are still unaware of if we can intrude it. Even though the possibility is distant and lean but we must be optimistic.

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