How Lack of Sleep Affects Your Mind
We are no further forward today in understanding what happens when we sleep than the ancient Greek philosophers in the 6th century BC who thought the earth was flat. What we do know however, is that the mind disintegrates and crumbles if we are deprived of slow delta brainwaves beyond a certain length of time.
The current world record for sleeplessness, held by Randy Gardner a 17 year old student in San Diego, California, who remained awake for 11 days, is very well documented and listed in the Guiness Book of Records. At the time the general concensus was that he suffered few ill effects during the experiment.
However Lt. Cmdr. John J. Ross of the US Navy Medical Neuropsychiatric Research Unit, who closely observed Gardner's progress at the request of his concerned parents, reported otherwise. There were serious cognitive and behavioral changes even by the second day. By day four he was experiencing hallucinations and demonstrating psychotic and paranoid behaviour. On day eleven, shortly after starting a simple arithmetic test, he said he could not remember what it was that he was supposed to be doing.
Experiments on rats, not much publicised presumably because this is a pretty nasty thing to inflict on any creature, show that they die within 2 to 5 weeks if totally deprived of sleep.
By the age of 60 we will have been asleep for twenty years. Two thirds of that twenty years will have been spent in the delta brainwave state. Delta brainwaves, or slow waves as they are sometimes called, range between 0.1hz and 3hz and are associated with deep dreamless, non REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Human growth hormone (HgH) release by the pituitary gland occurs at 1.05hz. HgH is vital for healing, cell regeneration and is strongly associated with anti-ageing.
So it would be reasonable to conclude that something extremely important is going on when we sleep. As human beings we are obviously so much more than just our physical body or brain and it would not be too far fetched to conjecture that our Consciousness, the Spirit of who we are, our Soul or our Being, whatever your favoured term is, needs to return or revisit its source or origin for replenishment and sustainance during periods of deep slumber, in the same way that our physical well being depends on sufficient intake of food and water.
Daniel J. Buysse M.D. is the medical director of the Sleep Evaluation Center in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and specializes in sleep disorders. He concludes that there is a definite connection between insomnia and depression and insomnia or lack of sleep can lead to depression, not the other way round as has always been supposed.
Also research at the University of Chicago Medical Center has linked sleep loss to an inability to metabolize insulin resulting in increased risk of developing type-2 diabetes.
The Sleeping Pill Con Trick
Sleeping pills such as Halcion and Ambien are simply a crude
They block natural pathways of the mind and most certainly do not promote safe, deep sleep. On the contrary people using these drugs report long term side effects that are virtually identical to the symptoms suffered by those experiencing sleep deprivation.
- Attention Deficit Disorders ADHD
- Clinical Depression
- Dizziness and Confusion
Big profits are the first and foremost aim of the pharmaceutical companies and it is not in their interest to eliminate disease. Quite the opposite. They could tell you it is both easy and cheap to solve sleep problems, but they won’t because there is no profit in doing that. Twice as much is spent on advertising than on actual research so it is not surprising that millions around the world have been duped into thinking they need a pill to achieve a good night’s sleep. If you doubt the truth of that then please watch this free
Get Yourself the Sleep You Deserve
Because of all the hype and constant bombardment by pharmaceuticals most people don’t know how very easy it is to get a good night’s sleep. Research into the benefits of binaural beats has been around for over 70 years and whereas previously it was available only in expensive clinics for those who could afford to pay, today our modern technology makes it available to nearly everybody. There is absolutely no need to rely on a chemical cosh to experience a totally natural, safe and refreshing deep sleep every single night.