Understanding our biology is an integral part of self-discovery. For one, our sleep directly impacts our happiness. The neuroscientist Matthew Walker says that our sleep requirements are pre-programmed in our genes.
On average, a person needs 7-8 hours of bedtime. Taking that as the baseline, we must discover our optimal sleep routine. Also, neuroscience mandates sleep regularity. No exceptions for weekends!
If our sleep schedules don’t match our chronotype, we’re prone to mood swings and psychiatric illnesses. A simple AutoMeq questionnaire can help us estimate our chronotype. The two major types are:
- Morningness: The ones who welcome the sun.
- Eveningness: Those who burn the midnight oil.
Sleep Patterns by Age
By default, children are morning larks, and most adolescents are night owls. Adults get to balance sleep with other lifestyle demands while considering their chronotype. Oof! I know!
By mid-age, the aging process impacts our sleep. Just because mid-agers can’t sleep doesn’t mean they don’t need it. Insufficient sleep breeds many diseases, including cardiovascular ailments and diabetes.
Like age-related bone deterioration necessitates calcium supplements, sleep problems need external aids. One natural remedy is meditation.
Meditation rewires our brain and reduces our sleep requirements. The same applies to meditative activities like reading, performing arts, playing chess, and so on. Consequently, these promote the emotional well-being of mid-agers and seniors.
Signing off until next time,
Your Inspirational Guru @ GuruToons.com
Note: This is the wisdom tidbit for a comic posted on Feb 10th.