Already in 350 a.C. Aristotle posed the same question in the treatise «Of sleep and wake« and to this day we could not yet respond in a persuasive way; but what is evident is the relationship between lack or sleep deprivation and health status. Sleepless syndrome is related to the onset of diabetes, obesity and Alzheimer’s. Failure to rest is the cause of accidents at work, traffic accidents and professional negligence.
In Europe as in the USA, clinics to treat sleep disorders are born as mushrooms. Over the last 2 centuries, the man sleeps on average 2 hours less per night. In fact, up to 1800 electricity was widespread and artificial light was very common. This is to say that as the cities are “turned on” in the light of progress, so too do our brains remain unconscious victims of this hormonal perturbation for longer.
But if instead of following this natural rhythm, we remain glued to our screens, tablets, cell phones and turn on the neon lights, our brain will perceive the message “it’s day, light up!” And so a sleep cycle has passed, we’ll be frustrated from not being able to rest, with a performance syndrome because we see the time flowing. So sleep is a fundamental part of our day, as well as eating, walking and loving. It ensures that our body is healthy and our days are serene.
Do not mistreat and respect the circadian rhythm (sleep-wake rhythm) by switching off the screens and lighting the candles!