In retrospect, I suspect I may have subconsciously chased sleep deprivation as an active hobby. Starting out in bars and nightclubs, working until all hours of the morning, gradually training and weaning myself into the blindly alternating day and all-night shifts of a trainee ambulance officer. Eventually I graduated to spending 4 years almost constantly awake as a flight attendant, hopping from time zone to time zone, barely registering if it was day or night when I finally drifted into slumber.
When I finally cut the cord, and set myself free into a world of relative normality, I barely knew what to do with myself. As the haze lifted and my health began to improve, I recalled things I had learnt years back while studying a neuroscience paper at university – sleep is so much more important than we give it credit for.
These TED talks are essential for everybody – we need to learn to look after our bodies better, and take sleep more seriously.. and hey, you might just learn some fascinating new facts.
1. Arianna Huffington: How to succeed? Get more sleep
2. Jessa Gamble: Our natural sleep cycle is nothing like what we do now
3. Russell Foster: Why do we sleep?