April 29 - October 26,
In Front of 3D
Better sleep does lead to a better life - physically,
emotionally and spiritually.
Sleep is quintessential to our
lives. Every human being has the major basic functions in common. One of these
vital necessities is the need of sleep. There are many reasons our bodies need
sleep. Sleep is our bodies' way of rejuvenating. It is the period in which we
lower the energy levels expelled each day, our muscles and soft tissues are
repaired and revitalized, and our minds are able to process memories and things
we have learned for the day. It is just as important as breathing. Yet, the
importance of sleep is often overlooked. The exhibition, which is on view at the
National Museum of Natural Science from Friday, April 29, until October 26,
2011, brings visitors up to date on the latest in neuroscience, highlighting
knowledge of sleep and effects of sleep problems.
"About one-third of our life we spend sleeping and we really
don't bother to even think on it. We are delighted to explore its many facets in
Sleep exhibition," says Dr. Yang Chung-hsin, the organizer of the exhibition, at the opening
reception. "This exhibition illustrates why sleep is so important to human's
life. Every part of our body is affected - the brain, nervous system, immune
system, hormones, emotions, heart, lungs, and the list goes on. Visitors will
not only learn why sleep is important and what happens when you don't get
enough, but will come away with an enriched perspective on this significant
"It's a common fact that every human being needs a good
night's sleep. Sleep gives our bodies the physical and the mental rest it needs.
When we are rested, our minds and bodies can work at their best levels," says
Mr. Teng Ching-sheng, Deputy Director of the Museum. "Sleep deprivation is a
commonplace occurrence in modern culture. The recent Fudao nuclear disaster
reminds people of the nuclear accident on Chernobyl that occurred on April 26,
1986," adds Teng, "It was not just an accident as most people thought. The
precise causes of the accident are still uncertain, but it is generally believed
that the series of incidents that led to the explosion, fire and nuclear
meltdown at Chernobyl was caused by a combination of reactor design flaws and
operator error. Some night shift workers with red, puffy eyes and haggard
appearances were thought to have made fetal mistakes!"
It's no doubt that sleep deprivation increases the risk of
human-error related accidents, and it poses a risk to safe operation in all
modes of transportation and to performance in other safety-sensitive activities.
Many other examples are listed in this exhibition.
Do you like to live longer, keep your body strong and healthy,
help your brain stay sharp and focused, improve your memory, keep your emotion
positive and balanced? Don't you have time to sleep due to being busy or
over-scheduled? Do you often feel physically and mentally tired because of your
lack of sleep? If you like to live and work hard, you must not forget to sleep
hard - get enough sleep that is. Come and visit Sleep exhibition to
learn welcome sleep as an ally who wants to help you enjoy life to the
Sleep is organized by the National Museum of Natural
Science, is made possible with support from Institute of
Occupational Safety & Health.