Tuesday, June 28, 2011

"There's a thin line between good ideas and bad ones...and that line is drawn with a green crayon" -Jiggs

Song of The Night: "Cataract" by Sparta

Sleep Tip #659- "Thought Book" -We all know that the biggest epiphany's happen just before we fall asleep, with interrupting consequences.

An idea swarm, coupled with our list of things we had to do during the day, as well as the list of things we have to do the next, makes falling asleep in a calm healthy way darn near impossible. Hence, the thought book!

The idea is simple, almost stupid-simple. All you do is keep a notebook, pad, iPad....whatever, keep something next to your bed that you can write down anything you want to remember or anything that's buzzing around in your head and you need to get it out in a useful healthy way.

Getting everything out on paper, and having the reassurance that everything is written down and ready for you to pick it back up tomorrow will help settle your mind and put you in a calm(er) state. Its a good technique if your a worrier like me, and you have a hard time getting your mind to turn down the volume.

Monday, June 27, 2011

"If there is a speed of light...is there a speed of dark?" -Jiggs

Song of The Night: "Waltz for Aidenz" by Mogwai

Sleep Tip #097- "Daylight" -Despite however hard we might try to wish the sun into not rising every morning...it happens. Now this might seem to be a natural phenomena especially horrifying for the insomniac, BUT! have no fear for this harbinger of light can actually be manipulated for our benefit.

See even though the last thing we may want to do after waking up is get anywhere near a bright light, sunlight can actually help us sleep better. Just imagine that each of us is a solar activated alarm clock. When we immerse ourselves in daylight, that's how our body knows its morning time and its time to wake up, and in effect our body knows that roughly 14 hours from first exposure to daylight, its time to sleep. If we trick our body into thinking that its not morning until noon, there's going to be a problem when we try to get our body to think that 10pm is a reasonable bedtime.

So, try to get at least 10 minutes of direct consecutive sunlight each morning as soon after waking up as possible. Not only will Vitamin D development be stimulated, which has several benefits of its own. But you will be setting your biological clock for the day.