I am often reminded of the fact that even though we are tired we refuse to rest let alone sleep, feeling usually that the demands of a busy world must be appeased. The quantity and quality of our “down time” fitting into natures rhythms however leaves us more efficient in meeting those demands and more likely to…..below is a page from Being Well Basics, a handbook I completed earlier this year, it started out as a Notes to Self project. If you would like a free copy of the handbook, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today we live in an overstimulated world, never short of connections to the outside through the blare of media, phone calls, texts, search engines, social media and more.
Sleep tends to be seen as an inactive/negative time while it is an active/positive time where the body restores itself. It seems to be that adequate sleep grows the brains of children and keeps the brains of adults more alert and motivated to be stimulated.
It has been estimated that at least 50% of us adults are affected by sleep deprivation and need more not less sleep to catch up with the back log. In ancient cultures sleep was a given, it was a non-negotiable.
The natural sleep requirements of adults vary, from six to ten hours; most people’s needs are in the seven to nine hour range. If you doze off in meetings or lectures, get drowsy while reading the paper or cannot wake in the morning without an alarm, you need to look at how sleep deprived you are and do some catching up to put you back in the black in the sleep bank! It is said that the best sleep is gained between 10pm and 2am and I definitely feel better next day if I am in zzzzland by 10pm.
Bedrooms are for sleep and privacy, hence if you desire to get the optimum sleep, remove TV’s, computers, books and mobile phones from the bedroom as they reduce the opportunity for both. Electronics especially are not a healthy bedroom guest at all.
Be sure to have a darkened room with good airflow, while not blowing directly on you. Peace and quiet are essential. Try joining the homeless for a couple of nights if you need to be convinced that these are pre-requisites of a good sleep.
It is advisable not to partake of caffeine for at least three hours prior to sleep and other fluids for at least an hour, while also abstaining from anything sweet for a few hours prior. Naturally, relaxing activity or meditation prior to bedtime as well as prayer are excellent sleep enhancers.
Experiments have shown that sleep deprivation of animals increases susceptibility to viral and bacterial infection. Noted research in humans shows that insomnia reduces natural killer cell activity. Also take note of how an animal heals itself through hibernation, by removing itself to a quiet space with reduced nourishment and increased sleep.
The FLOW of Life is enhanced by sleep and hibernation.