Updated: Jul 9, 2020
As we have seen in this blog (part 4/4 in the Compass to Wellness blogs & presentations), sleep is a function of rest & restoration, in order for the body to maintain homeostasis & regulation of circadian rhythms.
If you recall, homeostasis is a dynamic state of equilibrium and is the optimal condition for prime functionality. It is influenced by variables, as discussed in greater length in the blog, as mentioned above.
After meeting our needs of acquiring oxygen, moving to find food & water, we need to rest, and an inadequate supply of the correct types of restoration, leads to imbalance, and thus disorder, leading to dis-ease.
When we sleep various functions are in operation within the body, for example:
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flushes the brain, sloshing around, cleaning out debris and toxic proteins (that are believed to cause Alzheimer's), literally brain washing us.
Energy source supplies are being restored
Hormones are released e.g. growth hormone from the pituitary
Nerve cells reorganize communications and information.
The sympathetic nerve system relaxes which means our flight or flight response is downgraded.
Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, immune system, mental abilities, and more. These issues often lead to poor quality & quantity of sleep, and the cycle perpetuates. Getting at least 8 hours of sleep in a 24 hour cycle is ideal. This allows REM (the good kind of sleep we need!) to occur and thus positively influencing;
In order to assist you in getting the best quality and quantity, of the necessary sleep, you require, to function optimally, we will focus on the many easy things you can do to promote better sleep patterns. Many of the tips provided therein, are inspired by Feng Shui.
This is an ancient Japanese form of interior design, that is focused on promoting wellness, by considering energy flow. It relies heavily on a psychology that aims to create an environment that nurtures the space it encompasses.
The epitome of this art form is to promote the flow of Chi (energy) and thus positively influencing;
ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO CONDITIONING HEALTHY SLEEPING PATTERNS
The easiest place to start with regards to applying the Feng Shui principles in ones life, is with the environment.
Our bedroom should be a calming sanctuary that fosters relaxation and healthy sleep.
Ideally, we should have a decluttered and clean space to sleep (think about what you are breathing in e.g. shed skin cells, eyebrow hairs, etc.).
Consider the decoration of your relaxation and rest space/area e.g. are the colours & decorations loud and stimulating vs calming. Colours can influence our mood and can be used to promote the objective of the space.
Having an office/work space in your rest & relaxation area create confusion in the mind and it can be very hard to 'switch off' when we are distracted by mental or stressful activities. As with Pavlov's conditioning, we too can subtly condition the mind and thus 'force' it to act according to our mastering e.g. being able to prepare the body & mind for the required rest period. Define the activities that are appropriate for bedroom use e.g. sleep, relax, read, sex etc.
Remove 'entertainment' devices such as televisions, game simulation devices etc. Again, these are stimulating activities and are not best suited to our restoration space.
Be aware of chemical's in sleeping space, such as
Formaldehyde used in insulation products
Trichlorethylene in dry cleaned items
Benzene in solvents e.g. paint products
For the above reason, there is benefit to making sure the space is aired out regularly and also gets some UV radiation through sunlight to naturally sanitize air.
As far as healthy decoration goes, add some plants as they brighten and enliven the space. They also help purify the air by maintaining oxygen & carbon monoxide levels, and have the mental benefit of requiring care, which is a stress relieving act. It is important to consider the plants needs re: conditions. Some safe types to consider, are:
Peace lily grows well in most light conditions
Spider plant can be