Rhythmic Rest

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xammi-nature's cyclepast 10yrs I have been working with sleep disorders. In my clinic we dealt with issues relating both to physiological and psychological origin. Somewhere I notice that though the awareness of a physiological block is present the actual increase in the physiological cause for insomnia is more due to the natural body cycle being disturbed.
Our bodies are naturally encoded to respond to light and dark and sleeping with rhythms of mother nature.
The human body evolved to fall asleep soon after the descent of night’s curtain and to wake with the appearance of the dawn. Sleep cycles were governed by patterns of light and darkness for thousands of years meaning that for all this time in history the human kind has enjoyed about 9hrs or more of sleep each night. In the present artificial light has changed the way we schedule our day-to-day lives and most of us slumber for less than seven hours at a stretch.
It is possible to come back to natural sleeping cycles by making a few small changes. When our bodies and minds are attuned to the world’s natural rhythms. We feel calmer, more centered and more energetic while awake. Sleep is more satisfying because we afford ourselves more than enough time for restoration and rejuvenation.
Our reliance on artificial indoor light further compounds our dissociation from the natural cycles of light and darkness that would otherwise preside over our sleep. You can mimic the passage of the day by changing the quality of the light. Sleeping without heavy drapery or shades is the best so one can wake up with sun. If sleeping by a window without a curtain is not an option a dawn simulator lamp imitates the sun by growing steadily brighter with coming of the height of morning.
You will likely discover that changing your sleep patterns to be in sync with the daily cycle of light and darkness is easy and that you feel more alive when your sleeping and waking rhythms are in alignment to those of the earth.
Nature’s own phases will then become our guide to wellness, granting us more waking hours in summertime where we benefit greatly from spending time outside and ensuring that we get plenty of sleep in the winter when we likely to need it most.

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