Showing posts with label Genetics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Genetics. Show all posts

Sweet Sleep ~ Understanding The Science of Sleep by Jai Krishna Ponnappan

I came across this interesting article on the Washington Post Social Reader on facebook,

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I found this comment by one of the readers to be very true in my experience....."Our body sleeps in multiples of 1.5....if u will sleep as in like, 1.5 hrs, 3 hrs, 4.5 hrs, 6 hrs, etc you will feel fresh after waking up and will not have post sleep syndrome..those who are intelligent and observant can try this and will agree with me..".

' A fragile tension keeps us going it may not last forever but you’ll know when it’s flowing ' ~ Jai Krishna Ponnappan

I understand that there's always been a mixed response of surprise, disbelief and prejudice in some cases.

Introducing You to the Sleepless Elite

           Here is another very interesting, well researched, more detailed and factual article by The Wall Street Journal I had read and responded to earlier this year. Of all the sleep related articles and research findings a scanty sleeper can possibly read, this has to be among the more relatable and accurate genetic study to date that has been carried out in recent years,

“For a small group of people—perhaps just 1% to 3% of the population—sleep is a waste of time.
Natural "short sleepers," as they're officially known, are night owls and early birds simultaneously. They typically turn in well after midnight, then get up just a few hours later and barrel through the day without needing to take naps or load up on caffeine.

                  They are also energetic, outgoing, optimistic and ambitious, according to the few researchers who have studied them. The pattern sometimes starts in childhood and often runs in families. While it's unclear if all short sleepers are high achievers, they do have more time in the day to do things, and keep finding more interesting things to do than sleep, often doing several things at once.”

                   I was particularly interested and intrigued by this. To be absolutely honest it made me feel more normal and less guilty about my lifestyle choices and sleep habits. All a person has to quiet simply do is to get tested and come to accept the fact that he has the genetic marker and will probably pass it on to his offspring as well. Perhaps some may choose otherwise if they’d rather just fit into the crowd and be just another social replica created by an uninformed choice. If you come from a martial race or an aristocratic background and if that's been your genetic lineage and breeding the chances are very high that you may be able to relate and find concurrencies among the things mentioned here. If you were to research and investigate the historic demographics of populations from across the more antiquated parts of Eurasia that have actively fielded or constituted martial occupations from generation to generation, you’ll find a rough congruence in the numbers that are the sleepless elite that is about 1-3% and the slightly larger 4-12 % that have historically fielded military careers regardless of rank and status. In times of war, to sleep is perhaps the most unsafe thing that you can do, it clearly and unambiguously factors in and determines who is most active and engaging and ultimately who stays alive and who wins in the larger game of survival. These seemingly unnatural habits and superhuman limits are actually very natural and understandable if you care enough to have an open and respectful attitude towards others and our collective and undeniable wealth of history.

Do the people who work so hard, sleep different and display heightened energy levels get labeled, stereotyped, criticized and called names? Yes, it happens all the time, but nature has her own array of mechanisms to surpass and override the problems that social creatures often tend to encounter as they progress and evolve both as individuals and as a collective."

"The one thing that matters is the effort.  It continues, whereas the end to be attained is but an illusion of the climber, as he fares on and on from crest to crest; and once the goal is reached it has no meaning.  ~Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert"