SHUT UP and sleep

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“Shut up and sleep” has a variety of meanings.

 
 

 

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Some use the expression to chastise chatty children who refuse to go to bed.

 
 

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Others apply it introspectively to quiet their mind before retiring for the night.

 
 
 
 
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For me, a somnologist, the phrase means something different; it speaks to the act of physically shutting the mouth and breathing through the nose to achieve better sleep.

 
 
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Life begins with a breath.  How that breath and subsequent ones are taken, through the nose or mouth, tips the balance as to whether for every gain, there is a setback.  Most sleep disorders are a downstream consequence of a broader breathing issue that begins in childhood.