A Good Night's Sleep Is a Healthy Blessing

by Gopi Nair
December 5th 2021

Our grandma's rule of "early to bed and early to rise" has now become the gold standard for our sleep habits. Medical researchers have been doing extensive research on sleep deprivation and its effects on memory, metabolism, and all areas of every day living. They all come to the conclusion that every adult needs seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep to function normally during our waking hours. They have discovered that during sleep, our brain does a sort of cleansing work, or literally "brain washing", without which we cannot have a normal memory, which is very essential for our healthy and functional living. During this process of cleansing, our neurons will go quiet for some time, and a few seconds later blood will flow out of the head paving the way for the Cerebral Spinal Fluid to flow in and wash through the brain, removing the toxic memory impairing proteins. This has to happen every night during sleep, and if it does not happen you will be irritable, grouchy, angry, and memory impaired. So, it is a very crucial part of our sleep and do not take it lightly as it can have far reaching consequences on our health and well being.

The following tips can help you get a good night's sleep, and allow your brain to cleanse itself of the toxic proteins:

  1. The ideal time to sleep is between 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM. (At least seven to eight hours of sleep). Follow the same schedule every day.
  2. Do not make sleeping a casual activity. It must be thoroughly planned and make it enjoyable. We all spend one third of our lifetime sleeping. Do not watch any movies before sleep, nor even watch CNN or other channels mostly giving news.
  3. You must have your dinner ideally at least two to three hours before sleep time, so that the least amount of your sleep time is spent in digesting the food.
  4. All lights must be out, and not even the cell phone should be in the bedroom. If you are an essential person like a doctor or a Law Enforcement professional use your discretion. In darkness, the body can produce melatonin that is essential for inducing sleep.
  5. At least half an hour before going to sleep, prepare your body and mind by light inspirational reading, like Bible, Gita, Quran to calm your mind. Listening to melodious music is also good for calming the mind. Husband and wife must remember that bedroom is not the place for discussion or argument, as it can negatively impact a good night's sleep.
  6. If you have problem falling sleep in general, a warm bath before sleep, or half a cup of warm milk could help you fall asleep.
  7. As a part of my Gratitude Practice, I have a 30-second Gratitude Prayer: "I am grateful to the Universe" and recite it three times. Now I keep on reciting it until I fall asleep and when I open my eyes it is generally six or 6:30. It has effectively become my sleeping pill.

These are only suggestions, and you can make modifications to fit your lifestyle.

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