Sleeping & Breathing Misses in the Black Community | Karese LaGuerre

Speaker 2 (20:52):

It’s definitely not cookie cutter. The myth that we all need seven to eight hours of sleep is just that it’s a myth. That was something that was studied in the mid 20th century. And from there, we’ve never studied anything. Since I would say that how you know what’s right for you is definitely when you’re waking up and you are waking up one, you’re going to sleep consistently at the same time. And two, you’re able to wake up on your own at the same time, not by, you know, a alarm clock, not by being forced out of the bed, not by somebody having to come and get you kicking and screaming. You’re able to go to bed and wake up on your own. And you wake up feeling rested. You feel refreshed. That is really the purpose of sleep. Sleep is a restorative process for the body. So you imagine your brain, which needs sleep the most. Honestly, you imagine your brain almost like a washing machine, right? And so what you’re going to do is you’re going to sleep and sleep. Is you running that washing machine and being able to empty it and put the stuff in the dryer in the morning. If you don’t get good sleep, you’re running the washing machine, but probably without detergent. And you’re not going to take the clothes out in the morning because they didn’t get right,

Speaker 1 (22:09):

Right. They’re wet, but they’re not clean.

Speaker 2 (22:14):

He really needs to be able to drain. We have many ways to drain and to cleanse other parts of the body, right? So the red blood cells and our kidney is going to help, you know, cleans out the blood, but our brain can only cleanse itself and store our memories for the day and keep all of that. If we’re sleeping, it doesn’t do that at any other point in time of the day, because it needs to be up and functioning to get us to move around, to keep all the body parts go in. It’s going to need that sleep in order to really restore. But if you’re not restoring your, you just putting that laundry in there and just running the water, but you don’t have no tide. Where’s your tie.

Speaker 1 (22:57):

I love that analogy. That’s fantastic. So then we talked about naps. So then where do naps come into all of this? Right?

Speaker 2 (23:07):

Well, naps come in because sometimes you just need to sleep. Sometimes you’re running so much during the day. Your brain is so active that you really need a break.

Speaker 1 (23:17):


Speaker 2 (23:18):

It’s not a daily thing that you need a nap, but if every now and then you find two to three times a week, you need to have a nap. If you feel tired, answer that call because that call is really your body telling you, look, you forgot the tide, put the tide in and let’s go to sleep.

Speaker 1 (23:38):

Right. Right. And then

Speaker 2 (23:41):

Fresh, you know, anything from an hour and more, that’s a great nap. Okay. Hour to two hour. Nap is fantastic. That’s very restorative in the middle of the day. And as long as you’re able to fall back asleep that same night perfectly fine. But if your naps are impacting your ability to go down naturally at night, then that’s when we have to look at, okay, well, how restorative was that sleep?

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