Think Thin Thursday ~ New York, New York You're Not Helping

Real Estate Agent with Florida Supreme Realty SL514814

"I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps" is a memorable lyric and great asset for New York. When we think about sleep the consensus would be that nothing goes on in our bodies while doing so other than rest. If you don't marvel at the abilities and complexities of the human body you should take a step back, maybe a couple, and view its capabilities. You'll "find you're King of the hill, top of the heap." You have permission to sing it out!

Fifty years ago sleep was thought to be a relatively dormant time for body & mind. Research now shows that it is anything BUT dormant. About a third of our lives are spent in sleep mode, either REM or non-REM. Want good health? Get a good night's sleep!

The 1st part of the sleep cycle is non-REM which has for phases. The first occurs between being awake and falling asleep. The second is light sleep, when the heart rate and breathing regulate and body temperature drops. The third and fourth stages are deep sleep. REM sleep was previously believed to be the most important sleep phase for learning and memory but now data reveals that non-REM sleep is more important for these tasks, as well as being the more restful and restorative phase of sleep. 

REM or Rapid Eye Movement sleep is somewhat like the brain doing a daily backup. It's as active as when we're awake but the body is temporarily paralyzed in a sense. We may cycle though REM and non-REM sleep 4, 5 or 6 times and each session less and less in non-REM.

Two inputs drive our sleep habits. Anything which follows a daily cycle can be said to have a circadian rhythm of light and darkness. Plants, animals, people and even fungus are attuned to it. We also have a sleep drive regulated by melatonin build up as the day progresses. Some may compare the need to sleep to that of hunger the difference being when your mind says sleep you sleep no matter what activity you're in the middle of doing.

Our natural rhythms are constantly being modified through technology in both environmental and nutritional fields. Our biological clocks are changing and adapting. The jury is out whether it's a good or bad thing but know that it's important more than ever to try to get a proper amount of sleep whenever possible.


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Comments (5)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

We agree with the need for adequate sleep.  We both get cranky when we do not sleep enough hours.  A

Aug 16, 2018 10:48 AM
Kevin J. May

Crankiness is a symptom no one wants to deal with. It puts the whine in wine!

Aug 16, 2018 12:51 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

A city that doesn't sleep is not for me, I treasure getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night, haha.

Aug 17, 2018 05:16 AM
Kevin J. May

NY, NY is such an intriguing place although after decades of visiting the thrill has worn off substantially. Three days is my current limit Brian. Sleep well my friend!

Aug 17, 2018 09:44 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Kevin and I have been to Manhattan NY when I was younger and danced until the sun came up and then went out for breakfast. Also living in Las Vegas that is open 24/7 I am very familiar with areas with very little sleep. 

This is a very interesting post and I myself get plenty of sleep because I like it, I know it's healthy and my body and mind need sleep ;o)

Aug 19, 2018 10:56 AM
Kevin J. May

I still have a couple of sunrises to enjoy before hitting the sack.

Aug 19, 2018 11:38 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz

Same her Kevin and we just keep ticking away ;o)

Aug 19, 2018 11:45 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Interesting Kevin J. May and I've always known I was "busy" in sleep mode.  I get 5 hours of sleep a day, whether I need it or not! 

Aug 19, 2018 08:23 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Kevin J. May 

At my age, I sleep like a baby...I'm up every 2 hours

But seriously, I just learned of **circadian rhythm** from a member of our Planning Board who has a concern for the 4000 Kelvin LED street lamps being installed in the downtown area of our town, which has residences there. It seems there is an AMA report that indicates the 4K lamps can interrupt the circadian rhythm and thus be a source of health problems 

Aug 22, 2018 06:12 AM