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Dreams. Everyone dreams. But how do those dreams turn to reality? Does it take hard work, perseverance and determination or will they just fall into place when the time is right?

I’m not writing this because I know the answer, but just thought I would put the question out there?

Do you pick yourself up after failure, brush yourself off and try again or do you sit back and let fate do its work?

Life is short and to just sit back and hope your dreams will come true seems a waste of time. But is there a point when someone is trying too hard. In my family we strongly believe everything happens for a reason and that whatever is going to happen will happen.

But is there a middle ground? And, if so, where art thou?

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Me and Nikhil are reading a book called “Gypsy Masala: A Story of Dreams” by Preethi Nair at the moment. And though we haven’t got past the first few pages we found a pretty beautiful quote in it:

“If thoughts were left to fly to unknown places, then perhaps nature’s hand would pick them up and breathe into them an awaiting reality.”

I’m not even going to say anythig about it because I think it says it all by itself and you will all probably find your own meaning behind it.

“Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care
The death of each day’s life,
sore labour’s bath Balm of hurt minds,
great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast.”
William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Eight hours of sleep is the daily recommendation, but how many hours leaves you feeling fresh and ready to tackle to the day ahead?

I go by the daily recommendation and not because it is the recommendation. Eight hours of sleep and my body clock starts alarming.

But I know a few people who could sleep for 12 hours and more! Personally I call them sloths. Bless their sleepy heads.

First is my friend, Ez. He LOVES his sleep and even if I wake him up, or plan to meet for lunch, he will be sleeping. It’s all about brunch for him, no such thing as breakfast.

Second is my sister, Kavita. She wakes up, crawls out of her bed and crawls into mine. And this happens at 9am!

On the other hand there is my mum who is up by 4am busy baking. On occasions she get less than six hours sleep through the night and still is up and about throughout the day. Her response is: “The early bird catches the worm.”

There’s also my other friend, Ozzy who hardly ever goes to bed before 2am! I’m on my third dream by then.

Two ends of the spectrum, but where do you fit in? A sloth or an Owl?

Also check out the BBC quiz on sleep. I scored 73%. It told me: “You do not have a problem with sleep and you are not very sleepy during the day, which means your body is probably getting the sleep it needs. Quality of sleep is more important than quantity.” It even gave me some tips on improving me sleep! And in the mean time, here are a few facts to get your brain ticking, or could just make you sleepy!

  1. The record for the longest period without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes during a rocking chair marathon. The record holder reported hallucinations, paranoia, blurred vision, slurred speech and memory and concentration lapses.
  2. It’s impossible to tell if someone is really awake without close medical supervision. People can take cat naps with their eyes open without even being aware of it.
  3. Anything less than five minutes to fall asleep at night means you’re sleep deprived. The ideal is between 10 and 15 minutes, meaning you’re still tired enough to sleep deeply, but not so exhausted you feel sleepy by day.
  4. It’s possible there may not be a single moment of our sleep when we are actually dreamless.
  5. Some scientists believe we dream to fix experiences in long-term memory, that is, we dream about things worth remembering. Others think we dream about things worth forgetting – to eliminate overlapping memories that would otherwise clog up our brains.
  6. Dreams may not serve any purpose at all but be merely a meaningless byproduct of two evolutionary adaptations – sleep and consciousness.
  7. The “natural alarm clock” which enables some people to wake up more or less when they want to is caused by a burst of the stress hormone adrenocorticotropin. Researchers say this reflects an unconscious anticipation of the stress of waking up.
  8. Humans sleep on average around three hours less than other primates like chimps, rhesus monkeys, squirrel monkeys and baboons, all of whom sleep for 10 hours.
  9. Ducks at risk of attack by predators are able to balance the need for sleep and survival, keeping one half of the brain awake while the other slips into sleep mode.
  10. The extra-hour of sleep received when clocks are put back at the start of daylight in Canada has been found to coincide with a fall in the number of road accidents.

Goodnight everyone

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