You might seem shaken up, almost at the verge of breaking down and negative thoughts come haunting but many of these seem to disappear after a good night’s sleep. Low exam marks, bad performance in an interview or shortage of money appear to be ideal reasons to keep you in a state of unrest but the sleep mode helps you make a fresh start the very next day equipped with a sense of confidence, strength and positivity. Time and again we are bombarded with articles insisting on the importance of sleep yet researchers have never been able to give a solid answer to the question ‘Why we sleep?’ All that we know is that sleep is the time during which our brain segregates between what needs to be stored or discarded, filters out unwanted neural connections, builds new ones, categorizes few events into the everlasting memory frame and also the only time during which the brain takes a short break from thinking! Lack of sleep can have debilitating effects on the body. For complete details of what sleep has got to offer us, all that you need to do is visit www.firsteatright.com. These are all known to us by now and a latest research has come up with an advantage of sleeping that’s been unheard of-enhancing fitness and future family line reproductive success.
Fitness Through Math Madness
Math is not everyone’s cup of tea and many of us wish to have a secret fairy who could help us get away with math-related assignments and tests in flying colors. But the use of math doesn’t end with scoring marks. Even a tree’s age is calculated by counting the number of growth rings, we use math in our cooking while measuring water for our pulses and rice and finally, math is used in counting everyday expenses and income thereby enabling us to keep track of our money. So why not use it to understand the application of sleep and test whether it has any impact on fitness (here it means the number of future children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and more) and mortality rates.
The research team analyzed the ‘fitness’ success of sleeping and not sleeping under a range of scenarios such as varying birth and mortality rates, and environments (vulnerable and safe environment). Results showed that under any conditions a sleeping strategy achieved better fitness results compared to staying active. Changes in birth rates but unaltered mortality rates also led to greater fitness in sleeping strategy than staying active indefinitely. It is best to stay most active in a safe sleeping environment where mortality rates were lowest whereas in a vulnerable environment the reverse seems to be true.
Sleep evolved as a solution to ensure that species were not active when they were at a maximum risk of predation and also when their food supply was scarce. Whatever might be the circumstance it was found that sleeping and interrupted periods of inactivity was better than not sleeping at all. Its simply superb when we realize that mathematics is used for comprehending biology and moreover, understanding something as complex as sleep via math is a great leap.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.