Sleep has been my saviour on many an occasion. Through stressful situations I could always find some respite by curling up in a cosy bed and drifting off to sleep.
My parents thought I was a sleepy head when we went on holiday in the car but the truth was, as a kid, I got very travel sick so I’d just doze off until we arrived. Later in life I was once lead away sobbing in Chicago airport when my connection to Denver was delayed by 9 hours, I’d already been awake for 20 hours and that 4 year old kid inside me had had enough.
My current work pattern has me coming home late at night, at a time when I’m usually tucked up in my PJ’s under the duvet. No chance of me having a career in espionage, just threaten sleep deprivation and I’d tell you anything.
There are plenty of articles advising the benefits of getting enough sleep but I’ve come across a TEDtalk by Jeff Iliff that gives one more amazing reason to get some quality shuteye. The gist of it is that while you sleep the ‘cleaners’ come in and give your brain a good hosing down ridding it of all the gunk it’s built up. The brain even shrinks a little to let them get in to all the nooks and crannies!
Now these guys only work when you are asleep – bit like Santa, so lack of sleep equals a brain full of YUK! I’ll let you watch the TEDtalk to fill you in on the benefits but it’s one more reason (if you need it) why sleep is a fabulous idea.