Sleep is vital for good energy. Activity in the parts of our brain that control decision making, emotions and social interactions are greatly reduced during our deep sleep, suggesting deep sleep helps us enjoy optimal emotional and social functioning the next day.
Caffeine from coffee, chocolate and some soft drinks can interfere with our sleep. This may compromise our health and lead to poor alertness during the following day, prompting the desire for more caffeine. If you want to drink coffee it would make sense to drink it during the morning to give your body the maximum time to get rid of the caffeine before you sleep.
SUGGESTIONS FOR GOOD SLEEP
What would help us enjoy and healthy nights sleep and give us maximum energy for the next day?
To make the most of our melatonin production it would help to be in a deep sleep between the hours of 12pm and 3pm. This would mean going to bed by 11pm to allow time to fall asleep and get into our deep sleep.
As alternating electro magnetic fields can inhibit the production of melatonin it is helpful to ensure you are free from these fields. Keep all electrical items connected to the home electrical supply well away from your bed. This would include radios, alarm clocks that are plugged into the electrical socket, televisions, computers, DVD players, night lights, cell phones, hands free phone base stations and chargers. I would suggest you keep any electrical equipment at least one yard or meter from your bed. It would be general good practice to keep your bedroom as free from electrical equipment as possible.
Synthetic materials create electrostatic fields and these can interfere with the electrical signals running through our body. This can disturb the electrical impulses flowing between the heart, mind and body. It is possible that any disturbance will impair the bodies ability to heal its energetic body and release emotions. Examples of materials that could be made from synthetic fibers and affect your sleep are sheets, mattresses, duvets, blankets, pillows and pajamas. I would suggest using pure cotton sheets, pajamas, duvet covers and pillow covers. Pure wool carpets and blankets would be ideal. Finding mattresses made from natural fibers can be more of a challenge. You could use a pure cotton futon but you could look for a mattress made from layers of horsehair, wool and cotton or natural latex. Try natural feathers or silk for the filling for duvets and pillows.
In feng shui thinking it would help to create a relaxing, comfortable atmosphere for good sleep. Try to fill your bedroom with soft surfaces. Carpets, rugs, long curtains, big cushions and bedding can all make a room feel more soft and secure for good sleep.
To improve your melatonin production, make sure your bedroom is dark at night. Use black out curtains if necessary and avoid sleeping in the glow of nightlights, candles or electrical equipment.
Generally eating about three hours before you go to sleep will help you sleep well and allow your body to go through its healing cycles without the distraction of trying to simultaneously digest and absorb food. Similarly it would make sense to adjust your drinking habits so that you do not have to get up during the night to urinate and disturb your deep sleep and delta sleep parts of your sleeping cycle.
Camomile tea is a favourite for calming at night. A drink made from kuzu and apple juice can help. Alternatively soaking your feet in hot salty water, and or a foot massage can settle us for a good sleep. Meditation helps calm the mind and encourages us to drift off.