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Early to bed and early to rise - Importance of sleeping properly

Updated on September 12, 2013
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Is the Children's Rhyme "kiddish"?

"Early to Bed and Early to Rise, Makes Man healthy wealthy and Wise."

How thoroughly we were taught this quotation as children, we almost knew it by heart. But time moves on, and we are no more kids, and we no more give importance to what our teachers/parents tried to teach us. How ironical it is - Off course it is a children's rhyme. But it is taught for adulthood, kids generally don't suffer from health problems adults are prone to, they generally won't care about the wealth yet, and yeah wisdom... they are safe in their ignorance. All that preaching was only applicable for our life in adulthood.

What we set aside calling "kiddish", is so important, and actually setting it aside is bringing serious problems. Off late, an apparently healthy CEO of a multi-national company died suddenly of heart attack. He exercised daily and was in his early forties, so how come he suffered from such a fate? He didn't sleep properly. He twisted the saying, used to get up very early for exercise but didn't sleep on time. That left his sleeping duration of a mere 4-5 hours.

Research has shown that not taking enough sleep tends to increase toxic substances in the body which can be very harmful in the long run and also young people are twice as likely to get high BP if they sleep less. (Read more here in the article about SAP CEO who died evidently because of lack of sleep.)

Don't be late

But sleeping late and getting up late won't help. According to Indian Yoga theory, the time which you spend sleeping, is rather more important than you thought. Each hour you spend sleeping between 8 to 12 in the night will be 4 times more relaxing for your body than an hour between 12 to 4, and similarly each hour between 12 to 4 would be two times more relaxing than an hour between 4 to 8. It seems the saying, "Early to bed...", had more meaning than we ever realized.

Importance of a Regular Sleeping Pattern.

Moreover, random sleep times are not as relaxing for the body as a regular sleeping routine. So ideally one should enjoy a sound sleep of at least 6-7 hours between 10/11 to 6/7. Off course, it won't always be possible for you to manage that, but then ignoring the dark circles beneath your eyes for long isn't a good idea. Trying to regularize your sleeping pattern can be very helpful if you're suffering from insomnia. Also make sure that your bed, pillow etc. are comfortable. Spending a little on your comfort while sleeping is really worth it - you will see amazing improvements in your efficiency if your body gets enough rest.

Choice is yours

So it's high time you decide, choose from the following - would you like to wake up in the morning with drooping eyelids, burning eyes, a little headache and work with half your efficiency? Or would you like to have a pleasant morning, feeling fresh, enjoying the music around you. Off course, if you worked late in the night (or maybe you were partying, which you might excuse, there is nothing wrong in enjoying sometimes) you might have covered up for a lot of back log, but aren't you about to start creating back log again? Working with half of your actual efficiency? And off course, very few people would be able to work late at night with their full efficiency. You see yawning every few minutes is not very helpful when you're trying to focus.

Changing habits and routines of years overnight is not possible, but if you try enough you'll also be able to see a rising sun with its full glory. After all, your eyes deserve the treat.


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      Anusha Jain 4 years ago from Delhi, India

      Autism is a challenging condition for any parents. I'm glad that you are coping up with it, heads off to your efforts and patience.

      While I'm writing this, I'm suffering myself from the problems caused due to irregular sleeping routine. With a kid (my LO is 1.5 years), you can't keep your schedule perfect.. but body starts protesting if things become just too much :)

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Very wise! My son slept through the night at 3 months old. He was a sound sleeper. Never had any problems at all. Then at around 4 years old he started having issues. Couldn't get to sleep. I tried different bath techniques, reading stories, etc. Nothing worked. Then he was diagnosed with Autism. It became extremely crucial that he got enough sleep because being sleep deprived exasperated his anxiety. We now have him in a regular bedtime regimen. Even the therapist is impressed. We are very fortunate that he continues to get sleep every night. He is doing so well in school from having so much needed rest.

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      Anusha Jain 4 years ago from Delhi, India

      @ DDE: Thanks for the appreciation :)

      @ sunilkunnoth2012: You're welcome, and thanks for stopping by and sharing your view.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      You have said it right. I always follow the system of early to bed and early from bed. Though I am good in getting early, I must confess that I need to go to bed a little more earlier. My pattern is almost like this 11 pm to bed and 6 am out of bed. I need to go for sleep by 10. thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sleep it is alright! A very important part of our lives which is often ignored, you have mentioned good points here.

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      Anusha Jain 6 years ago from Delhi, India

      Hi All, Sorry for such a late reply to all your wonderful comments. Thanks so much to all of you for stopping by and commenting.

      @Giselle: I'm so glad you liked the hub, and could co-relate to it. Indian Yoga and its preachings are like a treasure, and I am aware of the brightness of jewels it contain :) I'll try to enhance my knowledge enough to share more here at HubPages.

      Sunrise is like feeling the new beginning - and the pleasure of it can only be felt, can't be described. I agree with you :) About including your link, You're most welcome - you write great quality hubs, which deserve a mention and in fact, their inclusion adds to the quality of my hubs :)

      @amurbach: It's just a theory, few hours of the day are better suited for relaxing your body, mind and soul compared to others. I'll try and share more about it in another hub.

      @thelyricwriter: "The hub fever" brought an instant smile to my face. Any "fever" tends to distract us from following a normal routine. And we become so ignorant... I'm glad you liked the hub.

      @attemptedhumour: Hi, glad to see your comment. It's rather important that we all practice a great routine, and I'm so happy you shared yours - it will definitely be an inspiration for all others.

      @debbie roberts: :) We'll all have someone or something to blame. It's not easy to follow a good routine, but I guess, we'll keep on trying till we succeed :)

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      Debbie Roberts 6 years ago from Greece

      A good hub that many of us should take notice of. I'm a morning bird and I'm usually ready to drop into bed at a reasonable hour. On nights I'm up late - I'm blaming HubPages!! - I'm not on top form the next day and it shows.

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      Hi Anusha, I totally agree with you, I eat and sleep in a regular manner and also exercise a lot at work and still play soccer. It makes you feel good to running on four cyclinders, or perhaps six in my case. Cheers

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Great tips on sleeping and showing the importance. With today's fast paced life, many of us don't sleep, especially with hub fever:) Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      amurbach 6 years ago from Arizona

      I wonder how it is more relaxing to go to bed earlier rather than later? It seems true for me somehow but maybe because it cuts total sleep hours or is there another reason? Interesting hub!

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      Giselle Maine 6 years ago

      Hi Anusha, I loved this hub, especially the Indian Yoga theory, which was new to me. It totally made sense to me, as I always feel more refreshed if I go to bed early than if I sleep late.

      Are there other Indian Yoga theories which could apply to everyday life and if so would you ever consider writing a hub involving some of these ideas?

      A big thank you for the link to my hub on getting up in the mornings! That was so kind of you. I really appreciate it.

      I especially enjoyed what you said about viewing the sunrise. After a few days of trying, I managed to photograph a sunrise (for one of my hubs) and it was a very rewarding experience. I was up anyway before the sunrise, but it took a few days to get the timing just right to get the photo. I would definitely recommend it as an interesting project for anyone - taking a pic of the sunrise one day in your area.

      Thanks again for a great hub, Anusha. Very nicely thought out, as usual.