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The Importance of Sleep, and the Hazards of “Dream Deprivation”

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  • To determine whether you’re getting enough sleep, assess the quality of your waking day. If your energy is steady and rhythmic through the day, you’re probably getting good-quantity and good-quality sleep
  • To optimize your sleeping and dreaming, make sure you’re going to bed early enough, and that your bedroom is dark, quiet, cool, and free of electromagnetic currents
  • Sleep problems don’t typically occur because of a lack of sleepiness; they occur as a result of excessive wakefulness. In short, you’re too hyped up; too frenetic, and not allowing yourself sufficient amounts of relaxation
  • It comes down to making a decision as to which has greater value: productivity or rest, and realizing that sleep is actually essential for optimal wakefulness, attention, and productivity

By Dr. Mercola

Dr. Rubin Naiman, author of Hush: A Book of Bedtime Contemplations, is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine directed by Dr. Andrew Weil. As a sleep and dream expert, his focus is how sleeping and dreaming affects your health.

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