It is very difficult to feel in harmony and balance when you can’t wake up in the morning, you are sluggish all day, and at night you look at the monitor or ceiling with round eyes until two in the morning.
And then the cycle repeats.
In the search for harmony and balance, the physical cannot be ignored.
Our body – our meat suit – is the first home we live in and depend on. You can make out the visual noise where we live, you can learn how to restore your strength after a difficult period in life, but this is not always enough.
Of course, a life that is ideal includes time for the gym or other bodily practices, but few people can drastically change their usual rhythm. You can start small: for example, set yourself up in the morning cheerfulness, and in the evening – readiness to hug the bed and fall asleep, barely touching the pillow with your head.
That is, restoring your circadian rhythms.
What kind of animal is this – the circadian rhythm?
This is our internal biological clock by which we wake up and go to rest. They also react to external factors, for example, the level of lighting, but in general they are present even without them.
It’s that internal clock that tells us when to be awake and when we’re low on fuel, it’s time to rest.
And, like most watches, this mechanism is complex. Unfortunately, unlike the Swiss ones, they are easily knocked off.
There are many methods to reverse them, and I have tried many: I inherited a sensitive nervous system that prefers to sacrifice sleep at the slightest provocation.
But I still found a method that works flawlessly with proper work with it. These are “grass swings” But first: setting.
First, we need to replace what is confusing our internal clock. Usually these are simple things that are not difficult to do, for example:
• Replace your monitor with a paper book
Our internal clock reacts to light. Lots of light? Melatonin (the hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle) is not produced or is produced little.
That is, seriously, reading from a tablet in bed, you do not bring sleep closer, you push it back.
I taught myself to turn off the computer on a timer. Did the alarm go off at 11pm? The lid of the laptop is lowered, I take the book and go to bed.
If I want to work or learn more, then in the afternoon I print out the necessary articles for myself on paper. As a result, in the evening I have an hour with a dimmed lamp when I can read, and when sleep begins to creep up on my pillow.
• Clean up your head
The second pest that drives away sleep is the chaos of thoughts in the head.
What needs to be done, repaired, said, conveyed, digesting the experience of the day, obsessed with a quarrel or a problem – all these fluffy demons come to us at night in the dark, which is why many are so afraid to turn off the light and close their eyes. You never know what thoughts you hear at night.
But running away from the problem is not the solution.
Talk about what is bothering you with a close friend or even a psychologist. The hygiene of the soul is as important as the hygiene of the body. You can’t go far with a dirty head, no matter if it’s dirty on the outside or inside.
• Switch the light
My friends do it very interestingly: at ten they turn off the electric light, but the candles on the table are lit. Under this, tea is drunk and conversations are conducted. Needless to say, they sleep amazingly.
If you don’t have visiting acquaintances, conversations and tea, then still get yourself a couple of good candles and light them in the evening, extinguishing the light.