Sleep Makes You Smarter

 Ever heard someone brag about how little sleep they get?

It's that "work hard, hustle harder" and "coffee is my co-pilot" mentality.

...and it's utter nonsense.

At pomfy™ one of our mottos is WORK HARD, SLEEP HARDER!

Because we know (and science tells us) that sleep has a powerful effect on both mental and physical performance.

Anyone who tells you how great they perform on very little sleep lacks the mental capacity to correctly assess their own learning and creativity... because they’re exhausted.

The National Sleep Foundation advises that most healthy adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. That's right, 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night...consistently...for optimal human performance.
Here’s what’s going on while you are sleeping:

Our brains are made up of approximately 100 billion neurons. When we sleep, we create new connections -- called synapses -- between those neurons. Neurons are building blocks, but the synapses are where the action is. They form the basis for our thoughts, memories, problem solving, decision-making, physical movement and other important aspects of what makes us human.

Those new connections - synapses - enable the brain to sort, store and organize the daily deluge of information we need to process. When we sleep, we encode procedural memories, like how to perform new physical skill or mental processes. 

Einstein reportedly slept for more than 10 hours a day. 

Sleep is when the subconscious gets to work on creative problem solving. 

The author John Steinbeck once said: “It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”

Studies also show that sleep helps wash the brain of toxins that would otherwise gum up neural connectivity and prevent the acquisition new other words...learning.

There is no doubt that we are living longer than we did in decades past. The average life expectancy in 1950 was 66.5 years. Today it is 79 years! That's an increase of 18%!  But an active body does not always insure an active mind.

Studies show that becoming a lifelong learner is your brains best protection against cognitive decline. So be kind to your mind. Maintain your brain. Make sleep a priority...because it is!

More sleep for better humans!


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