Another word or two about rest/sleep

The human body evolved to fall asleep soon after the descent of night’s curtain  and to wake with the appearance of the dawn. Sleep cycles were governed by  patterns of light and darkness for thousands of years, meaning that for much of  history, humanity has enjoyed nine of more hours of sleep each night. Our  bodies are naturally encoded to respond to light and dark and sleeping with the  rhythms of Mother Nature. In the present, artificial light has changed the way  we schedule our day-to-day lives, and most of us slumber for less than seven  hours at a stretch. It is possible, however, to come back to natural sleeping  cycles by making a few small changes. When our bodies and minds are attuned to  the world’s natural rhythms, we feel calmer, more centered, and more energetic  while awake. Sleep is more satisfying because we afford ourselves more than  enough time for restoration and rejuvenation.

Our reliance on indoor lighting further compounds our disassociation from the  natural cycles of light and darkness that would otherwise preside over our  sleep. You can mimic the passage of the day by changing the quality of the  light. Sleeping without heavy drapery or shades is best so you can wake up with  the sun. If sleeping by a window without a curtain is not an option, a dawn  simulator lamp imitates the sun by growing steadily brighter with the coming of  the height of morning.

You will likely discover that changing your sleep patterns to be in sync with  the daily cycle of light and darkness is easy and that you feel more alive when  your sleeping and waking rhythms are in alignment to those of the earth.  Nature’s own phases will be your guide to wellness, granting you more waking  hours in the summertime when you will benefit greatly from spending time  outside and ensuring you get plenty of sleep in the winter when you likely need  it most.

Now, with anything, there are no fast and easy rules for this… YOU DO what comes naturally for you… but do figure out your rhythms…. and work with them… each person is a bit different so if yours don’t fit into a “norm” set up my society… screw it…listen to you.

Now, yes – some coffee…..


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