No doubt, most of you have heard about the fairy-tale Sleeping Beauty or at least seen its Walt Disney interpretation as kids or adults. Fair Aurora as the embodiment of beauty, kindness, and grace is the character modern girls, both little and grown-up, can learn much from. Let’s see what is hidden behind the story symbolism and what sleep can stand for from the present-day perspective.
During sleep, our bodies secrete hormones that help to control appetite, energy metabolism, and glucose processing. Obtaining too little sleep upsets the balance of these and other hormones. For example, poor sleep leads to an increase in the production of cortisol, often referred to as the “stress hormone.” Poor sleep is also associated with increases in the secretion of insulin following a meal. Insulin is a hormone that regulates glucose processing and promotes fat storage; higher levels of insulin are associated with weight gain, a risk factor for diabetes.
Besides, they say that only a happy person can be beautiful. And do you know the etymology of the word “endorphins” denoting the happiness hormone? It proceeds from two words: ἔνδον / Greek: éndon meaning “within” and morphine, from Morpheus (Μορφεύς / Ancient Greek: Morpheús, the god of sleep in the Greek mythology). It just can’t be a coincidence!
So, it seems that The Brothers Grimm did know the main beauty secret and encoded it in their famous fairy-tale.And I hope that there is no longer the question for you “To sleep or not to sleep?”
Sleep enough, be happy and look stunning!
A few tips for beauty sleep:
Originally posted at ЯЭ-43