I’ve dealt with insomnia for a long time now, so I think about sleep and sleep-related things quite often, and something just came to my attention. Many times when I have a rare night of good sleep, friends will tell me that they had trouble sleeping that night.
This happens enough times that it got me thinking; perhaps sleep is the state of our consciousness leaving our body and travelling to another universe/dimension/realm/etc. However, only a certain number of people can reside in this sleep-universe at any given time. So when the sleep-universe is full, no one else can access it/fall asleep until someone in the sleep-universe wakes up/leaves.
Just a late night, insomniatic thought.
@summer605, I wouldn’t be surprised if you were right! Sleep is such a mindfuck to me even to this day. It’s such an odd thing but EVERYONE needs to sleep in order to survive. I’m really interested in sleeping patterns and habits and cutting down on needing sleep while maintaining peak performance.
@aestheticbrah It certainly is a strange love-hate relationship that humans have with sleep. It unnecessarily takes up more time than just about anything else, yet without it your body deteriorates. (Fun fact, the human body will die from complete sleep deprivation faster than it will die from starvation).
If you’re trying to cut down on sleep, I would suggest doing it SLOWLY and by integers of 90 minutes (the typical amount of time to go through a single sleep cycle). That way your brain can adjust to switching to REM sleep faster.
Although, I wouldn’t suggest cutting down on sleep at all. It’s healthier for both your physical and mental well-being to get a good amount of sleep every night. Not ABSOLUTELY necessary, but definitely healthier.
Insomnia is so common today, so many people I know also claim to have it. I feel like I do too, but I haven’t been diagnosed or anything. I think this is a product of our stationary lifestyles. Our bodies evolved and adapted for days of exercise, hunting and such. Where predatory animals have the ability to run fast in short spurts, we evolved to hunt them for long periods and drive them into exhaustion. Today’s lifestyle though you almost get in trouble for running around. Society wants us to be safe in our box house, and box car. Don’t go outside they say, insurance companies take away trampolines because they are dangerous. Long story short, I think exercise is our best bet to fight insomnia, too many people aren’t able to sleep because there bodies just aren’t made for all the rest we get. I’m writing this as my grandma’s alarm clock is going off, it’s 6am here lol.
@summer605, I think that thought is selfish in the same way as thinking the sun revolves around us. Even if you were right, who’s to say that of all the billions of people in the world, it was your friend who took your place. Or the other way around. Especially if you say sleep-universe, who’s to limit it to the people around you, or your block, or this planet for that matter. I really think it’s just coincidence, or bias. For instance you talking all day about that sleep good night sleep you got brings up conversation that otherwise wouldn’t have taken place.
@tlrlittle With all due respect, I believe you misunderstood me. I was not at all saying that I would make anything of an impact on the hypothetical sleep-universe any more than I could make an impact on our universe. My meaning was not that I thought “my friend took my place.” I was simply stating the catalyst for the train of thought that led to the conclusion of the existence of a sleep-universe.
I absolutely agree with you on the connection between exercise and sleep, though. The human body was simply not made to deal with the amount of rest that the average person gets. Coincidentally, a sedentary lifestyle is also one of the main causes of depression and anxiety and other such mental illnesses.