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Sadhguru: How Much Sleep Do I Need? (Transcript)



The word ‘engineering’ essentially means to make something happen… something that we want, we will make it happen in the most efficient possible way, that’s engineering.

If you are doing it in horribly inefficient ways, that cannot be called engineering, isn’t it? We will say this is a fine piece of engineering when something that we want is happening with least amount of friction and with least amount of consumption.

So if you have a body, that if you use it for 12 hours, it sleeps for another 12 hours, it needs 12 hours of maintenance. Sleep is maintenance time, you know? If you had a car, that you use it for 15 days, 15 days it’s in the garage, it’s better to take the public transport.

Now you have a body which has to sleep 10 to 12 hours a day, now this is not an efficient system, it’s not being managed properly. Probably the fuel is not good, maybe your engine is leaking. So is this all physical? No. Maybe medically you have been certified fit but still if you need to sleep eight to ten hours, which unfortunately people are saying… qualified people are saying is standard that every human being must sleep eight to ten hours. That’s a horribly inefficient perception of what a human machine is, isn’t it? This is the most sophisticated machinery on the planet, this human mechanism.

If this mechanism is made such a way that half the time it’s in maintenance, you cannot call it the most sophisticated. It’s very simple. I will give you simply three things. Just do these three things, you will see your sleep quota will come down dramatically, very simple things. Extremely simple things that you just do for 10-15 minutes a day, you will see your sleep quota will come down dramatically.

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