There's a rather run of the mill article over at the Aurora Sentinel describing the work of a sleep physician - it's pretty dull, but one part did catch my eye. Dr. Michael Weissberg states that:
Sleep is not a unitary state. People think that either you’re asleep or you’re awake and that’s not true. Something’s going on in your brain while you’re asleep - some parts are on, some are off.
So maybe when you finally crawl out of bed in the morning thinking you've been lying awake all night, you've actually had a decent amount of sleep.
Well, probably not - but knowing that the definition of 'being asleep' isn't clear-cut may help you relax at night and stop pressuring yourself to fall asleep. Remember - the more you worry about getting to sleep, the less sleep you'll get.
Last updated: March 12, 2013