by Verlo's Mr. Mattress,posted Jul 23 2012 10:29AM
I always say there's nothing better than a good night's sleep, but what if you got a good night's sleep in the Grand Canyon?
Researchers at Stanford University say that people who have "awesome" experiences, like seeing the Grand Canyon or the Northern Lights, get fixed on the present moment and feel time slowing down. They become more patient, less focused on material things, and more willing to spend time helping others.
The researchers had participants watch videos of people in city streets who encounter awesome things, like whales and waterfalls—or had them write about personal memories like looking down on Paris from the Eiffel tower. "Awe-eliciting experiences might offer one effective solution to the feelings of time-starvation that plague so many people in modern life," the researchers said. Other studies have linked "lack of time" feelings to poor sleep, headaches, and high blood.
OK, so maybe waking up rested isn't that awe inspiring. Well, not to everyone.