The power that human brain holds is just absolutely remarkable. The brain is that one part of our body that still remains mysterious, unlike all the others. We know how the kidneys work, how the heart pumps the blood through the vessels and we have even discovered how the healing process of the damaged tissues is happening.
But still, we have little idea about the purpose of dreaming, the origins of psychosomatic pain (remember the one doctor Watson had) and the power of self-suggestion. This brain capacity is the one that is our target this time. I can`t promise you that all the secrets will be revealed and you`ll know how to convince yourself or anybody else in pretty much everything. But I can tell you one interesting fact that will definitely help you to go on with your hectic student life. If you believe that you had a nice solid shut-eye (even though you`re actually a walking zombie who has forgotten the meaning of the word “sleep”) then it will have a wonderful effect on your brain.
Placebo Effect Works Even with Sleeping
You`ve probably heard about the placebo effect. It`s when your brain is convincing your other organs that something is happening when in reality it`s not. For example, you have a massive headache and you`re being told that this incredibly special pill will help with the pain. You take it and the miracle happens, the pain goes away and you`re feeling just great. But turns out, the pill was just a vitamin. Your brain was convinced it would work and it did work. It`s the same with the sleeping.
However, to be honest, I don`t really know how this is supposed to help you with your every night ZZZ-s but at least you`ll find out tons of interesting information. The study that was conducted to prove this point was nothing more than just a bunch of lies the scientists told the volunteers.
The researchers told the students who were participating in the experiment the processes their brain goes through while sleeping. Specifically, they were told that effectiveness of sleep depends on the length of the REM phase of sleeping and this phase varies from person to person. Oh, I almost forgot, before this whole lection, the students were asked to go through a special test to check their cognitive functions.
After that, the volunteers were hooked to the special little computers that were supposed to analyze the work of the body during the sleep and calculate the length of the REM phase. But there was this little secret kept from the students. Those little computers didn`t actually do anything. The next morning the scientists reported the made up results of the experiment. The specialists said to the first group of volunteers that their REM phase was pretty short. The second group was convinced that their phase was much longer than of an average person, therefore they had the more effective sleep.
It`s Not Like the Results Were That Surprising
Then both groups were asked to go through the cognitive test again. Guess what happened next? If I was making a video about this phenomenon I would definitely include a drum roll right here. Please, use your imagination, find the familiar sound of a drum roll in your head. So, as you might have already guessed based on the whole topic of the article, people who thought they had a nice solid effective shut-eye did perform significantly better on that test.
Yes, you can`t convince yourself of having enough of sleep because this would be just absurd. But you can trick someone else`s brain instead. Of course, I hope there will be nothing evil. In case your friend or a roommate has a tough day ahead and they didn`t get enough of sleep, convince them that they did get it and their day will be much more effective. For example, you can tell them that the new study has made a revolutionary discovery that for some people 3-4 hours of sleep per day is absolutely okay.
By the way, this is true but this is extremely rare and those people use many special techniques when it comes to sleeping. So, please, no experiments like this, alright?