Secrets To Sleeping Soundly
Secrets To Sleeping
Nathan Batalion, Global Health Activist, Healingtalks Editor
(Healingtalks) The overall environment of sound, lighting, electro-magnetic waves and other subtle influences really affects how soundly we sleep.
Here is a summary of some of these important deep sleep influences:
Environment Promoting Melatonin
Melatonin is a hormone that is produced at night by the pineal gland. Through research it is believed that adequate melatonin production is linked to our ability to deeply sleep. It is also heavily linked to other things, including inhibition of tumor growth, protection from cancer and a generally strong immune function. Melatonin production is stimulated by the dark and inhibited by the light, and also by sleeping within electromagnetic fields. To get a good night’s sleep it is thus very important to sleep in an environment that promotes melatonin production, and as follows:
Lighting and deep sleep
Obviously sleeping in a darkened room will help deep sleep. How dark ?
Do you sleep with the light on? Does the light from the hall spill into your bedroom? Does the TV flicker? Are your curtains or blinds blocking out the light from the neighbors, and the lamps and neon signs from the street? See how else you can make your bedroom even darker than it is
Electricity and deep sleep
Electricity can suppress melatonin production.
Electricity produces electromagnetic radiation, or electromagnetic fields (EMFs), which are made up of two separate parts: the electric field, and the magnetic field. Fifteen research studies have shown that magnetic fields inhibit, reduce or suppress melatonin production. For some people, sleeping within a magnetic field will also disrupt their sleep. The stronger and larger a field, the more likely it is to disrupt the quality of sleep, and the more people it is likely to affect.
- Smaller EMFs Strong magnetic fields are usually found around the fuse box, or electricity meter. If you’re not sleeping well, the very first thing to do is to check where this is. Is it anywhere near your bed? People often unknowingly sleep with their bedhead, or their child’s bed, backing onto the meter box. This is not only associated with insomnia, but also with weakened immune systems, which can lead to a variety of health issues. Often something as simple as moving the bed to the other side of the room has been known to dramatically alleviate sleeping problems.
I once consulted for someone who hadn’t slept properly for over two years. She averaged no more than a few hours each night, and had simply got used to feeling exhausted all the time. I found out that her bed backed onto the junction box, and suggested she move her bed. She decided to try sleeping in the spare room to see if it made a difference. From the very first night she started sleeping right through, and now has a completely different quality of life. The remedy was simple, effective, immediate and cost nothing!
- Larger EMFs – Learn to look three-dimensionally – and think about what’s behind and under your bed. A junction box, a computer, TV, fridge, microwave…anything that emits an electromagnetic field around your bed may be disrupting your sleep. Large EMFs can also come from an external source, such as nearby electrical transmission lines, transformers or substations. Sometimes large EMFs within the house can be caused by a fault or anomaly in the wiring system.
Electrical appliances and sleep
Try to remove as many electrical appliances from your bedroom as possible, and make sure that those you do have are at least a meter or three feet away from your pillow. Magnetic fields from electric appliances reduce as soon as the appliance is switched off. The electric field remains even when you have turned off the appliance switch. To reduce this field you need to turn the appliance off at the plug (or take the plug out if there is no plug switch).
- Be aware also that most mattresses contain metal springs, and that the metal in these springs can conduct electricity – another important reason to keep electric fields away from your bed.
- Some water beds have electrical heaters attached and these should be turned off.
- Bedroom electric space heaters are not advisable.
- Low halogen lights and digital clock radios should be watched, as these both contain transformers and often give off very large and powerful fields. Lamps with ordinary, incandescent light bulbs, and battery alarms are far better for your health.
- Electric blankets can emit enormous fields, and continue to emit electric fields that keep your whole system buzzing all night unless they’re switched off at the plug. If you want to keep warm in bed, either use a hot water bottle, or snuggle up to someone instead.
- Cordless phones and phone rechargers can also emit large fields. Both are better placed well on the other side of the room, or in the next room, as are TVs, DVD players, or music systems.
Microwave radiation affecting sleep
Mobile phones, ‘wireless’ technology, DECT cordless phones and digital baby monitors – just like your microwave oven – emit microwave radiation. Microwave radiation is increasingly intruding into our lives, and the more appliances we buy that use this form of energy, the more we invite it inside our own homes. And, once there, it is often operating 24/7. This is increasingly being linked with disruption in sleep patterns (in addition to other health issues such as impaired brain function and energy metabolism, fatigue and depression). Reducing your usage of this technology may well help to increase your quality of sleep.
This is relatively new technology, and as such we still are not aware of all of the health effects. However, a recent Australian study has firmly linked the use of mobile phones before going to bed with sleep disruption: it appears it stimulates brain activity in the early stages of sleep, and also reduces level of melatonin. This research also indicated there may be certain people who are particularly susceptible to the effects of mobile phone radiation.
All electromagnetic and microwave radiation is invisible stress – however, a variety of meters do exist which can measure their effect, and so make visible this invisible world. If you suspect you may have EMFs or microwave radiation in your house, and you’ve eliminated all the simple causes, it may be best to consult with someone who is experienced in this field. They can help you to detect any fields and their source, and then to find a solution.
Geopathic stress impacting sleep
This is an area which is not widely discussed in our society. Ancient cultures and indigenous communities are well aware of the impact of the Earth’s natural electromagnetic radiation, and also of the areas in which this becomes disrupted. These areas of disruption are often referred to as areas of geopathic stress, or geopathic zones.
Studies have been done on many indigenous and ancient sites, and have found not one built over a geopathic zone. However, in Westernised societies, most of us have lost touch with this knowledge, and so are not aware of the best areas in which to make resting places, and those to avoid.
The people who work with geopathic stress are well aware of its effect on our general health. Some research studies carried out overseas link it strongly to specific health issues – including disrupted sleep, behavioral issues, lowered immune function, and cancer.
You can engage a professional dowser or intuitive to guage geopathic stress.
There is another way to gain insight as to whether geopathic stress may be affecting our houses. Nature gives us many clues. If you have any rooms that: feel cold and uninviting (in both temperature and ‘feel’), no-one really wants to go into; are for no apparent reason full of damp and susceptible to mould; it may be possible that they are built over areas of geopathic stress. It then becomes necessary to move a bed or even one’s bedroom.
Cats, by the way, may love these areas; dogs may avoid them. Termites, wasps and ants might also love GS. Plants often won’t grow or are distorted. So, watch for such clues. In our scientific high-tech age, such topics as geopathic stress and old-fashioned dowsing are looked down upon as superstitious. But for some people it works. If you think your bedroom may be over a geopathic stress zone, try to find someone locally who works in this field, and can dowse for you – or learn to dowse yourself. Many states have a local Dowser’s Society who can put you in contact with a dowser, and many run training courses as well.
Chemicals and sleep
Since the middle of the 20th century we have been subject to a vast marketing campaign about “better living through chemistry.” Chemicals essentially are designed mathematically, so what could be wrong with that? Mathematics is a set of symbols for the universal separation of all elements of consciousness, beginning with 1,2,3. This universal symbolism, when universally applied, impacts potentially everything in our environment, including our bedrooms. One cannot, however, deeply connect a vision or environment of nature using the most powerful of all symbols for consciousness separation. There is much more about this in other articles in Healingtalks.com and Raw-wisdom.com.
On a deep level, we end up very negatively or ill-affecting/polluting the depth connectivity that is the foundation of life and healing, and to which we connect most powerfully during sleep.
Among the sources of chemicals in bedding, curtains, decorations, furniture, walls and floors, cleaning and deodorizing agents to become aware of, including the following:
- Particleboard or MDF
- Carpeting and underlay
- Foam and fabrics in furniture
- Varnishes and paint
- Material dyes and finishing products
- Fabric pre-stainer and softeners
- Easy-iron’ or ‘crease-free’ fabrics
- Disinfectants and air fresheners
- Preservatives in wood and wallpaper
- Personal care products, cleansers and cosmetics (among others).
Air quality – If you have just had your bedroom decorated, you can help the fumes to escape, and prevent their accumulation, by opening the windows and ventilating the room. Make sure you do this for some time each and every day, particularly just before you go to bed. Ideally, leave your bedroom window open so that you’re sleeping with a constant supply of fresh air. You can purchase an air filter and run it on a timer during the day.
More considerations – Be especially aware of this when decorating a bedroom for a new baby or child, as they are much more sensitive and vulnerable. Try to decorate the room as far in advance as you can, so that any fumes have time to diminish. Use non-toxic or bio-friendly paints, and furnish it with products made from natural materials. If you have any furniture made of MDF, then seal it using a non-toxic sealer. When it next comes time to buying bedding, consider bed linen made from organic cotton, which has been grown without chemicals, or not treated with formaldehyde in the manufacturing process. For people of all ages, easy-care sheets may definitely not be leading to easy sleep.
More than eliminating negatives – Besides eliminating all that can hamper sleep, you can also add things to your bedroom that positively impacts sleeping – such as soothing blue colors, and meditative and relaxing images, saying and pictures. Consider a meditation sound machine or noise machine plugged in at a distance that simulates the soothing sound of a waterfall, rain sound, meditative healing music, or offers other soothing, ambient or “white” sounds. Keeping a bedroom on the relatively cool side also helps, but not too cold.
Exercise some time during the day, unwind at night from the day’s cares, relax and unload worries and eat and drink lightly (or not at all just before sleep), perhaps with a relaxing herbal tea.
To summarize: To get a good night’s sleep, become more and more conscious of your total bedroom environment Sleep is one of our most precious resources. If you get enough beautiful, restful sleep you are more likely to have enough vitality to bounce forward into life with a spring in your step. You’ll look and feel wonderful. Take the time to learn about your home, particularly your bedroom. Look after it, and it will look after you.
Post inspired by an article by Alison Wilson BBEC, is a Building Biologist and Associate Director of the Sydney School of Feng Shui. Her business Healthy Homes, consults and runs courses teaching people how to transform their houses into Healthy Homes. http://www.alisonwilson.com.au/
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