Interesting facts about sleep

Who else loves sleep?

I love sleep, do you?  Now, do you ever wonder what happens when you are asleep?  I know I do.  So here are some interesting facts about sleep I wanted to share with you.

REM sleep boosts creativity

During REM sleep the concentration of neurotransmitter acetylcholine is twice what it would be when awake. This promotes the altering of connections between neurones, facilitating new links between disparate pieces of information. The Beatles classic Yesterday and Frankenstein are said to be products of sleep.

Dreams pervade our sleep

The idea that dreams only occur in REM sleep simply isn’t true. We actually have dreams throughout all stages of sleep and even when we’re awake, as daydreams. However, it is fair to say that dreams are more common in REM than non-REM sleep as well as being more vivid, emotional, and bizarre.

Sleep deprivation is an antidepressant

Sleep deprivation leads to a sort of semi-euphoric state and has been used to treat depression since the early 1970s. Unfortunately, low mood often returns as soon as the patients are allowed to get some sleep. It also has to be used with caution as a treatment – prolonged sleep deprivation leads to impaired working memory and other health problems.

Our sleep requirements vary widely

Measures of alertness by testing reaction times have shown big differences in how much sleep we need. In research carried out at the University of Pennsylvania, eight hours did the trick for most people, helping them to maintain their reaction times. But an estimated 5 per cent of the population, including, famously Margaret Thatcher, can get away with five hours or fewer.5

There is an excuse for late nights (for some)

Early to bed, early to rise doesn’t suit everyone – research has shown that some people are genetically predisposed to stay up later at night and get up later in the morning. For roughly 40 per cent of us, this is the optimum pattern, and we will feel better and be more productive if we stop trying to force ourselves out of bed at 6am.

Something to think about

This definitely gives us something to think about when it comes to sleep.  I hope you have enjoyed reading about sleep.  It is one of my favourite things to do...

Lots of love


Reverse Engineering Your Goals

Have you every heard of Reverse Engineering your Goals?

Reverse engineering your goals?  It sounds weird doesn't it? I know you are probably wondering, what does it actually mean?

Well, basically, reverse engineering often involves taking something apart and analysing its workings in detail.  When I am reverse engineering my goals I analyse and ‘take apart’ precisely what it is I hope to achieve.  For example, I would look at what I want to happen and then I would build a framework and break it down in reverse order.

How we normally look at things from start to finish, I would look at the steps and tasks that will be required to effectively achieve my ambition and then I would write down all of the steps, but then do them in reverse order.

I know you think it sounds crazy, doesn't it?

Four keys to reverse engineering for success are...

Identify as many steps as possible that are required to reach the goal.

The process is not rocket science. It begins by answering 4 questions:

1) WHAT do you want?  A crystal clear sentence that outlines exactly your objective. (Determine the most basic level of the goal.)

2) WHY do you want it?  List in bullet points, specifically why this is your goal.  Ensure that you are committed.

3) WHEN do you want it?  A tangible and exact time frame. Date/time/year. 5 year, 3 years, 1 years, 6 months, or 1 week. 

4) HOW will you achieve it?  Work backwards by breaking down the goal into daily tasks and hourly work.  Identify as many steps as possible that are required to reach the goal.

Take action!

I have found that if I start off by visualising a successfully completed goal.  Then I imagine all that is  required to get me there.  This then helps me identify what I need to do.

In order to get started, you begin from the most basic stripped down version of whatever your goal is.

Are you looking to make a life/business change of some sort?

Firstly, STOP thinking about doing remarkable things and START making them a reality.

Everyone has dreams and goals.  But some folks lack a method and vision for success.  Then, of course, there are others who are just afraid to pursue their potentially life changing ideas because they are terrified of failure.

When it comes to your goals, I truly believe that there has never been a more perfect time to move beyond fear of failure or social stigma.  With the current state of the economy, you almost have nothing to lose by trying.

I must say, after years of trial and error and coming up with a system that works for me, I have finally learned to manage and control those uneasy feelings.

Why it works?

Reverse engineering is a lot like any other planning exercise.  Although, I think this works because instead of just listing out the steps that you think you need at random, you must actually visualise yourself as having completed the goal.

Not only does this help by making the objective seem more tangible, but it can also help to put you in a proper mindset to start taking action.

Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.” ~ Henry Ford

See you next time

Lots of love

Louisa x