Sleeeep-knitting up the ravelled sleeve...

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Sleeeep-knitting up the ravelled sleeve...

Postby Judith » Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:29 pm

Knitting up the ravelled sleeve of care...take a nap in the day.- sleep is essential for healing

\see also on mind and body fORUM and here is what the site founder recently wrote>>>March 2019
Here is something our Site Founder wrote explaining this a bit more...Do we need to Wake Up? - short communication

Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care (as Will Shakespeare said)[/b

]We’re told that getting eight unbroken hours of sleep will protect us from cancer and dementia, and make us happier. But are we being sold an impossible dream? Psychoanalyst Darian Leader in his new book 'Why Can't We Sleep' published by Penguin gives us a steer which helps us NOT to feel so guilty if we don't conform to what the 'experts' are now saying... should we in fact wake up to what's now being sold to us as the latest thing to be anxious about? Sleep is the current 'magic bullet' to heal all our ills, so the 'experts' say...and it's true that 'sleeping like a baby' (which is something that may happen to most of us quite rarely) a wonderful gift. You wake up feeling so refreshed and ready for the day... Babies too, however, can be wakeful...'Sleep disorders' now rank high on the growing list of if there wasn't enough to be anxious about in our growing list of anxieties in a world beset by population explosions, climate change, diminishing resources...just to mention the tip of a veritable iceberg of anxieties which rise higher and higher as we grow up in the 21st century world. There's now a new person on the block: the sleep if you can't sleep there's something wrong, not very hygienic, about you... Why we sleep remains a mystery: that we need to sleep remains a given, but how and why we do it remains open to interpretation. On, the site which helps anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer to get back in the driving seat as opposed to lying back and gasping 'help me' , we have many posts about sleep, but it's important not to translate any ideas into 'oughts'- if we do too much 'efforting' we lose the very thing we try to find. The site also deals with the anxieties which beset us all, the depression that may result from not fulfilling these impossible dreams, the feelings of failure which may ensue, and suggests that laughing and having a good time generally are also preventive measures as well as restoring a sense of 'normality' after the shock of being handed out a cancer diagnosis which could be considered to contribute to stress and if left untreated to PTSD.
Like so many other aspects of human life, says Leader, sleep has now become a commodity. Can we buy it on the Internet? We want it, how do we know when we've got it? Is it the right kind? The idea of a single block of unbroken sleep may actually be a recent notion. The historian Roger Ekirch has argued that the basic form of human sleep prior to the mid-19th century was bi-phasic. Humans would have a first and then a second sleep. Retiring around 9pm or 10pm, they would sleep till midnight or 1am, then rise for an hour or two – a period known as “watching” – then return to their “second sleep” till morning. Although the times for starting the first and second sleeps would shift historically and geographically, the bi-phasic pattern was more or less constant.So like Thomas Mann's 'first and second breakfasts' in The Magic Mountain, cultural expectations can change, and we then take them to be 'the norm'. Interrupted sleep was clearly far less of a problem in the past than it is now, with medical and other texts focusing more on difficulties in falling asleep than on night-time waking until relatively recently. When we wake at night, should we take comfort in the fact that bi-phasic sleep has for centuries been the rule and not the exception, waiting out our “watching” hour until we are lulled back into sleep? Maybe we don't need medication, we just need to tune out from the anxiety memes and realise that the only people who might benefit from the extolling of the eight hour block are the drug companies.

The descriptions given of the sleep-deprived individual in fact apply to most people today in urban society. In his book 'Man's Search for Meaning' Frankl talks about how even crowded together in the work huts of the concentration camp at Auschwitz, people slept. Yes, really. Rather than recognising the effects of current socio-economic burdens and internal pain, human difficulties are now being seen through the new lens of unbroken sleep. Something wrong with YOU. Take a pill, why don't you.[b] Drug companies take out scary advertisements to tell people that they may have a sleep disorder and require medication if they aren’t getting their sleep hours, if they don't have the energy to do the things they need to do, such as spending time with their family or doing their jobs, or if they experience mental tiredness, body fatigue, low motivation and difficulty concentrating.
Yet, as anthropologist Matthew Wolf-Meyer points out, aren’t these symptoms the very conditions of modern life, and indeed, of life as it has been lived for centuries? Let's get off this hobby horse if we can, step back, look at this in a less panicky way...breathe and allow this too to pass. Take a chill pill.

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Sara Mednick, an assistant psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, says that the length of the nap depends on the needs of the napper (say that three times fast).
She elaborated, “For cognitive memory processing, however, a 60-minute nap may do more good.”

Researchers in her study of college students found such superior results from the hour-nappers over the power nappers of 10 minutes that they concluded, “slow-wave sleep—only experienced by the 60-minute nappers—is necessary for memory consolidation.”
The hour-nap may cause a little grogginess upon waking simply because, for most people, it’s not a full sleep cycle. The complete cycle is typically 90-minutes.

The Super-Power Nap: The Inventor

When you start and finish a full sleep cycle all of the metabolic processes intended for sleep get fulfilled. Mednick said the 90-minute nap “aids creativity and emotional and procedural memory, such as learning how to ride a bike.”

Within that time frame you’ve probably also experienced REM sleep and entered into a dreaming state; and dreaming may make the way for problem solving.

Mark Effinger believes that we can use napping and deep sleep as part of a sleep strategy that incites problem-solving. As we sleep the unconscious mind has a chance to piece bits of information together and begin to draw conclusions. You might literally “do the math” in your sleep. This is the time when creative solutions, inventions and new ideas may come forth. Who knew sleep could be this exciting?

As another plus to what I’m calling the super-power nap, having fulfilled each stage from light sleep to slow wave and REM without any deprivation, the dreamer is less likely to awaken with “sleep inertia,” but should feel refreshed and energized.

Ideal Nap Times
According to the experts adults should nap between the hours of 1 – 4pm to avoid losing sleep that night.

If you’re dreaming during a 10-minute nap it may be a sign that you’re sleep deprived and need more. In that case naps probably won’t cut it. Try to increase your sleep time nightly and use napping to supplement and refresh.Think of your body like a factory: night shift work includes healing damaged cells, boosting your all-important immune system, recovering from the day's activities, and recharging for heart and cardiovascular system for the day to come...

Here are some tips to help you get better zzz’s at night:
1. Prioritize Sleep
• Don’t choose or prefer sleep deprivation and energy drugs – ie drinks – over your required 7-9 hours each night. They may keep you “up” but don’t accomplish any of the countless and vital processes that happen during nighttime sleep.
• The experts agree that everyone’s needs are different but very very few people can actually operate at peak performance on 4-6 hours of sleep per night.
2. Come the Night, Dim the Lights
• Exposure to artificial lighting after sundown confuses the brain and offsets circadian rhythm.
• Lower the lights, wear blue-ray blocking shades or, better yet, wind down with candle lighting.
• Darkness triggers the natural production of melatonin, a hormone that not only encourages sleep but also i) corresponds with the release of human growth hormone, ii) is a powerful antioxidant and iii) is considered cancer-preventive.
3. Disconnect
• The idea here is to disconnect from artificial lighting, technology and most forms of mental stimulation in order to reconnect to your natural rhythm. Ie better not to have a TV in your bedroom!!
• Disconnecting from technology and sensory stimulation may also increase your own imagination during the night and result in vivid dreaming.

Sweet dreams and happy zzz’s!

And ps try sleeping on your left side! It will help your body drain and heal...
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PUMPKIN SEEDS can help you too- as well as being ace deliverers of other health benefits... ... email_WR11

Here are a few more tips to try... ...

And make sure your magnesium levels are good- epsom salts bath (see elsewhere on the site) are good for this and you get a GREAT night's sleep after a twenty minute soak!

The biological benefits of magnesium are far-reaching and complex, so it should come as no surprise that many studies have linked poor sleep to calcium and magnesium deficiencies. By understanding how the most commonly cited causes of insomnia originate, you can equip yourself to combat the condition at its roots.

Magnesium plays a key role in the regulation of enzymatic reactions that control how the body experiences, manages, and interacts with stress. It is the “relaxation mineral” of choice by many doctors, because it reduces stress and anxiety by lowering cortisol levels in the body. Because stress and anxiety are known causes of insomnia, the importance of elevating the levels of magnesium in your body to treat and prevent insomnia cannot be stressed enough.

All things considered, magnesium may be your secret to beating insomnia. No doubt, the mineral’s complex involvement in the biological processes which govern our ability to sleep suggests that magnesium is the solution for many suffering from insomnia. Explore whether the cause of this is rooted in a magnesium deficiency.
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Choose foods that are high in magnesium, such as dark leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes, and pay attention to how you feel psychologically and physically.
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Re: Sleep, cognitive skills and the so-called 'placebo effec

Postby Judith » Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:19 pm

How our minds affect what happens to us...

This new research shows that if people are TOLD they've had a bad night's sleep, they perform less well-- (and the reverse)---well how powerful is this 'placebo effect'--and the strength of our mindsets--there needs to be a whole lot more research on it as it interfaces with any treatment we use, from orthodox cut/poison/ burn to the more 'tradtional' methods which this site aims to explore--as an additonal issue which needs always to be factored in-- any comments on this? Brain-training then must be crucial in anything we set out to do--athletes of the mind we need to be..
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Re: Sleeeep-knitting up the ravelled sleeve with NO CLOTHES?

Postby Judith » Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:01 pm ... -bradberry

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Well well who'da thought it--just when you're snuggling up in your night wear give this one a read and try it perhaps?
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Re: Sleeeep-golden milk anybody??..

Postby Judith » Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:04 pm ... =tps2016v2

Well although this looks a little time consuming at first, it has so many superb ingredients in it and the turmeric paste keeps for up to 2 weeks in the fridge...if you try it and find it helpful DO please post a reply to this!!

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