What the Quran and Hadith knew for a long time about sleep, in the modern day sleep medicine is a relatively new scientific specialty.
Islam considers sleep as one of the signs of the greatness of Allah (God) and it’s a gift to mankind to recharge our batteries.
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And among His Signs is your sleep by night and by day, and your seeking of His Bounty. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who listen” [al-Room 30:23].
Al-Fudayl ibn ‘Iyaad (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: There are two qualities that harden the heart: sleeping too much and eating too much.
A mid-day nap called Qailulah in Islam is an important practice for Muslims, and the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him (pbuh) promoted naps as beneficial.
Best Time To Sleep : the best and most beneficial of sleep is sleep during the first half of the night, and the last sixth, which is equivalent to eight hours. This is the best sleep according to doctors. Anything more or less than that will have a proportionately detrimental effect on the body, in their view.
These Times you should not sleep : Sleeping straight after sunset has no benefit, until the twilight has disappeared. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) disliked that, therefore it is makrooh according to sharee’ah and is naturally disliked.
Check out these interesting facts on what happens while you sleep.
1. Course of our life time an average human sleeps 25 years, 300 months and 9,125 days.
2. In the first two years of having a kid, you and your husband are likely to miss around 6 months of sleep.
3. The record for the longest period without sleep is 11 days and 24 minutes. See who holds the record at the end of this post.
4. Sleeping less than 6 or more than 9 hours a night can increase the risk of an early death.
5. Some deaf people sign in their sleep just as those who are not deaf “talk in their sleep”
6. Want to gain more weight, sleep less. Lack of sleep can cause you to gain about 2 pounds a week, that’s 8 pounds in a month.
7. Did you know that It’s impossible to sneeze in your sleep.
8. Work hours are so insane in Japan that it’s normal for people to fall asleep on the job.
9. Clinomania, or most commonly known as Dysania : If your brother or anyone else you know, who has trouble getting out of bed every morning, most likely they are suffering from something called dysania.
10. Moon’s phases effects how people sleep. We tend to sleep best under a new moon, and worst under a full moon.
11. Yes, you can sleep while standing. Tibetan monks have been known to sleep standing up.
12. No cause of panic but Pilots surveyed in the U.K. have admitted to falling asleep while flying passenger planes.
13. Mind Over Matter : If you believe you slept well improves performance, even if you didn’t get that much sleep.
14. Memories take hold better during sleep. The best way to not forget a newly learned poem, card trick or algebra equation may be to take a quick nap
15. Recommended Sleep Positions for Muslims : It’s Sunnah to sleep on the right side and avoid sleeping in the prone position (chest down and back up).
16. Studies show that students grades and health improve at schools with later start times.
17. Lazy way to lose weight : You burn more calories while sleeping than you do while watching television. But don’t forget point number 4 above.
18. When you sleep too little or Sleep deprivation can impair judgment and slow reaction time.
19. Neuroscientists believe that babies don’t dream for the first few years of their lives.
20. Women experience more nightmares than men.
21. Researchers have found that in complete darkness most people eventually adjust to a 48-hour cycle: 36 hours of activity followed by 12 hours of sleep.
22. Contrary to popular belief, the likelihood of eating even one spider in your lifetime while sleeping is slim to none.
23. No it is not true, Muslim women do not sleep with a Niqab, Hijab or a Burka
24. The average person in France sleeps 8.83 hours a night — the most in the developed world.
25. Morphine, which actually pertain to sleep, rather than to dreams, have received its name from Ovid’s fictional god, because morphine has a tendency to make people lethargic.
26. A baby’s brain can use up to 50% of its glucose in a day, which explains why they need so much sleep.
27. Sleep deprivation may contribute to adult nightmares : People who suffer from migraines, heart conditions, and sleep deprivation often experience nightmares.
So How much sleep do you really need?
How much you sleep is up to you but remember, sleeping too much (more than 9 hours) is not good for you just as sleeping too little (less than 6 hours) will cause you problems like bad moods, muddled thinking, and exhaustion that prevents one from understanding and working properly, and it can lead to many fatal illnesses. Best thing to do is to maintain balance and whoever adheres to moderation has achieved all goodness.
More to come….
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