What is Sleep? The dictionary definition of sleep is ‘A natural periodic state of physiological rest for the mind and body, in which the eyes usually close and consciousness is suspended, metabolic rate is decreased, so that there is a decrease in bodily movement and responsiveness to external stimuli. During sleep the brain in humans and other mammals undergoes a characteristic cycle of brain wave activity that includes intervals of dreaming’.
Some magazine articles describe the process of sleep as falling a sleep, mild sleep, deep sleep, mild sleep, and waking up. The perfect nights sleep will include all the above mentioned cycles in approximately 8 hours.
There are hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people who have sleep problems. The main sleep problems include, difficulty falling a sleep, restless sleep, interrupted sleep, going back to sleep after waking up in the night, light sleep, spouse snoring, and more. I divide these problems into 3 categories.
- Internal factors such as unbalanced organs, hormone changes, and health problems.
- External factors such as, weather changes, physical/emotional stress, foods/drinks, accident or trauma, viruses, germs, or bacterial infections.
- A combination of the first two categories.
Adequate quality sleep is also important in the spring of the year, because the earth energy is rising in spring.
The earth energy will make the body and brain energy active too. Proper exercise every day (yoga, tai chi, dance, etc.) early in the day if possible are requested in order to have natural sound sleep at night.
Some options for promoting a good night’s sleep are:
- Cover window with black out drapes, to ensure complete darkness.
- Keep the temperature in your bedroom at or below 65 degrees F.
- Eliminate electro-magnetic fields (EMF) as much as possible in the bedroom (get rid of as many electrical devices as possible, i.e. clock, radio, computer, lamps, etc; avoid stimulating foods/drinks such as alcohol, coffee, dark chocolate, spicy foods and certain fatty foods
- Eat dinner at least 3 to 4 hours before bedtime.
- Soak the feet in warm water (97 degrees-102 degrees F) before bedtime.
- Listen to relaxing music
Foods which contribute to sound sleep include: tofu, turkey broth, cabbage, turnips, cucumbers, zucchini, pears, cooked garlic and watery oatmeal. Sleeping well can help you keep up with the energy of the horse spirit. Use natural healings arts such as acupressure, massage, Reiki, and tuning forks to improve sleep so that you will be able to keep up with the horse energy.