Like eating and breathing, a balance between wakefulness and sleep is one of the pillars of health, a constellation in the natural rhythm of life and as constant as the tides coming in and going out across the day. The perfect ebb and flow between being awake and being asleep is critical in achieving the highest level of performance in everyday life.
Achieving healthy sleep
When we achieve healthy sleep, we can efficiently perform tasks, analyze problems and modify our moods to meet the demands of our everyday existence. However, like any other endeavor, this requires time to rehearse, practice and train one’s rest and activity cycles. Healthy sleep doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a journey to perfect a healthy balance, and we will help you get there.
While it may seem obvious to most that getting a good night’s sleep is essential to being at one’s best during the day, modern medical research has begun to reveal some of the reasons why.
Benefits of sleep
The frontal cortex of the brain, an area that sits right behind the forehead, is among the most active parts of the body while awake and necessary for performing at a high level. Think of it as the executive brain, the part of the brain that allows us to pay attention, assess situations, link current situations to past events and behaviors, modify our emotional reactions and help us to adapt our thoughts, feelings and behaviors to the situations or problems we may be facing. The frontal cortex must function at a high level during the day for us to put our best selves forward.
For this part of the brain to function at its highest level though, it must rest at night while we’re sleeping. Brain imaging studies have revealed that to get the deepest, most restorative sleep we can, the frontal cortex region must have a dramatic reduction in activity while we’re asleep. The more this area of the brain is active in the day; the more it needs to rest at night. The more it rests at night; the better one can perform the next day.
Help on your sleep journey
At Ebb, we’re committed to helping you wake up rejuvenated and ready to take on your day and your life. This all begins with achieving the best sleep possible throughout the night. Our content hub was launched to provide you with the relevant, high-quality resources, tools and information you need to achieve healthy sleep. We’re looking forward to being a part of your sleep journey. Check back for new articles, infographics, videos, surveys and fun and interesting content.