Sleep benefits – Sleep is a phenomenon that still puzzles the scientist. The theory of some of them is that the activity of the body produces a certain sleep-producing toxin, of others that a decrease in the blood supply to the brain brings on sleep, of others that waste products accumulating in the blood result in fatigue of the brain cells so that activity gives way to unconsciousness. Fatigue is a condition usually considered to be dangerous. It is a pain caused by the action of toxic products on the nerve centers. Its effects are irritability, nervousness, restlessness, and lowered resistance. Often, both its causes and its effects are mental rather than physical.
Rest or change of activity is the obvious means of preventing fatigue and of alleviating it. If you are tired, you simply rest of do something else for a time, unless there is some good reason for pushing us.
Nor is it entirely desirable that you wait until you are tired. An occasional rest period, say for fifteen minutes in the morning and for fifteen minutes in the middle of the afternoon, if your work is monotonous or tiring, will tend to prevent your feeling fatigue and will promote efficiency. It is notorious that more accidents occur in fatigue periods.
The great builder of energy is sleep, “tired nature’s sweet restorer.” It is through sleep that our stores of vital energy are replenished.
Things happen to us when we sleep: while Rest and Sleep
Of the physiological process we may be hazy, but of the necessity for sleep, we are sure. Sleep is essential to life. Animals deprived of sleep have died of exhaustion. The extreme limit of human endurance without sleep probably is about ten days. The average man of middle age needs about eight hours of sleep out of every twenty-four if he is to be at his best.
Not all sleep is equally restful or intense. In the second and third hours after retiring it is deepest, under normal conditions, and then it grows progressively lighter until we finally waken in the morning. Worry, Noises, Dreams, and physical discomforts detract from sleep’s restfulness and make it less beneficial.
Distractions of any kind are likely to affect it adversely. A friend of mine recently decided it would be pleasant to be soothed to sleep each night by keeping his radio turned on. He kept it low so that the soft strains of a dance orchestra would lull him into unconsciousness at night and the livelier setting-up exercises would rouse him in the morning.
After three night he gave it up; it made him too tired. He got just as many hours of sleep with the radio on, but the music, continuing two hours after he fell to sleep, kept him from sleeping deeply.
Make sure that you have plenty of deep sleep
Preferably, your sleeping hours should be regular, Sleep at night is better than sleep in the daytime. It has been the observation of the writer that night workers on newspapers are more likely to have insomnia than day workers. Sleep before midnight is generally conceded to be more restful than sleep after midnight. If you need to catch up on your sleep it will do you better to go to bed early than it will to sleep late.
Develop regular habits of sleep. If possible, retire at the same hour each night, and arise at the same hour each morning. It should not be necessary for you to have an alarm clock to wake you.
Self Confidence – If you have any doubt about your ability to succeed in the thing upon which you are concentrate. Mistrust of your ability is akin to fear and worry. They set up counter attractions in your mind and tug strongly to drag your thoughts away from the subjects to which you are trying to hold them. Hearken to these doubts and you might just as well give up trying to concentrate. “Oh, what’s the use?” is the death sentence of concentration.
Sometimes you may lack confidence in your ability to concentrate, but that, of course, is pure nonsense. Anyone can concentrate if he is deep enough interested, and interest is something that can be cultivated. To doubt your ability is to countermand the order you are giving your brain to fix its attention on someone subject.
Sometimes, of course, you are justified in doubting your ability to concentrate your ability to concentrate on a subject. hence when you are lacking in an ability to handle the subject upon which you are trying to fix your attention. finally, your attention keeps leaping from image to image, but you are so lacking in knowledge that there are not enough significant stimuli to give you images that are related.
Suppose that you are an office executive and your experience in the business has been confined to financial operations. Circumstances arise which place you in charge of production. One of the huge machines is turning out an article that is not quite right. Some slight change in design or some added feature seems called for, similarly that you think it over to see what can be done.
Furthermore, If you are a true financial man, you probably are totally unfitted to do any constructive thinking on that machine. You probably lack confidence in your ability to solve the problem — and that alone would prevent you from concentrating—but even if you thought you could remedy matters. The mere fact that you knew nothing about machinery would make it extremely difficult for you to concentrate. finally, You wouldn’t have the tools to think with. maybe your mind would be sure to go wool-gathering.
Concentrate on matters you can handle,
and have no doubts about your ability to handle them.
How to Concentrate – The man who would manage himself must learn to concentrate. Without some power of concentration, self-management is impossible, lacking such power, you are the helpless prey of every whim and fancy that blows your way; possessing it, you are the master of yourself, it is not too much to say that the measure of a man is the extent to which he can concentrate.
By concentration, we mean centering the attention on someone subject.
You sit at your desk and start to compose a letter that must be written, but you haven’t decided just what it is you are going to say. Your eyes wander to the wall. A picture is crooked. You get up to straighten it. You sit down again. Somebody drops something in the hall outside your door. You wonder what it was and who did it. They ought to be more careful. But what can you expect when the help isn’t paid very much? Or does that make a difference? No, People don’t work harder or more conscientiously just because
The sheet of paper catches your eye. Oh, yes, the letter! Just what is it you are going to say to him? Nice fellow, isn’t he, even if he is a little peculiar? There was that time. Hello! That’s a mighty pretty passing on the other side of the street. Let’s see where she goes. Well, she’s out of sight now. Wonder what time it is. Ho, hum, got to be getting back to this letter.