It was nearly 7 a.m. and Mr Midnight lay curled up on the comfortable chair in the living room. He was suddenly aware of warm pressure being exerted to his back.
We cats lead quite a tiring life. I need more sleep!
I had a rotton night. I kept tossing and turning and just couldn´t get off to sleep. There are obviously too many things floating around my head.
Mr Midnight pretended not to hear and kept his eyes closed – cat napping if you like. He thought……….
Mr Midnight carried on thinking . . . .
Oh no, now he´s woken Sir Winston with his mutterings. Now I´ll never get any piece and quiet. Sir Winston purs like one of those machines which daddy drives to work with!
What a great way to start the day.
I went out like a light, as you humans say. After having enjoyed yesterday´s rare sunshine experience and having ran around the garden all day chasing Mr Midnight and Mr Squirrel, it was wonderful when I eventually climbed into my basket last night. All four of my paws had simply stopped working. They needed recharging.
Mr Midnight was now wide awake and joined in the conversation.
Humans are exactly the same Sir Winston. If they don´t get enough sleep they have difficulties getting through the day. Tensions are high and tolerance levels low. In fact, most of the time, humans don´t seem to realise the importance of sleep.
That´s quite true Mr Midnight. Cats are very much aware of how much sleep they need but humans would obviously, sooner want to jeopardise their health by over-concentrating on all other areas of activity, than to understand the complications of not sleeping enough.
Your researchers have worked out that there are two factors involved as regards sleeping hours. The basal sleep need – the amount of sleep our bodies need on a regular basis for optimal performance – and sleep debt, the accumulated sleep that is lost to poor sleep habits, sickness, awakenings due to environmental factors or other causes.
Studies suggest that a healthy human requires seven to eight hours of sleep a night but that things get complicated with the interaction between basal sleep and sleep debt.
OK, sorry! Basically, a human may meet his basal sleep need on any single night (or repeatedly) but may still have an unresolved sleep debt which makes humans feel even more sleepy or less alert than they should be.
Sleep research has shown that if humans sleep too little, they not only inhibit productivity and the ability to remember and consolidate information, but their lack of sleep also leads to serious health consequences and jeopardises safety and the safety of individuals.
Some of us do have our methods with which to try and sleep more easily. For example, rituals such as opening the window for 5 to 10 minutes before sleeping, going for a short walk around the block or drinking warm milk before retiring.
I must agree with you on that one Sir Winston. Sometimes I think to myself what people would would do in the evenings if they didn´t have a computer or a television set – sleep a lot better most likely!
Sleep is so important and yet many of us deny ourselves the possibility to recharge our bodies.
Look! I´ll show you all how its done.
Here´s a picture of Sir Winston sleeping.
He knows how to look after himself properly.
Now it´s your turn.