Forty winks on half a brain

Sleep quote

Has it happened to you that, when you are sleeping in a place for the first time, you don’t really rest well? You have a very light sleep and any little noise can wake you up?

The great thing is that science has found the reason and the cure for this very common “first night” light sleep effect… We already knew that some aquatic mammals and birds sleep with half a brain at a time, a trick called unihemispheric sleep.

Your right ear feeds sound to your left brain that is hyper alert. Since your left brain is constantly hyperalert and doesn’t really rest it reacts to the sound waking you up.

What can you do to reduce the impact of this hyperalertness of the left brain?

You can sleep on the right ear to block the noise input or use earplugs.

ALSO, develop your breathing for deepest sleep and relax your body just before going to bed.

  • Assure better sleep during holiday and business trips with this new scientific discovery, The Huffington Post
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