Good sleep is the foundation of good health. It’s the time when our noisy mind is offline and there is less at work to hinder the body’s natural process of repair and regeneration. Sleep is essential to good mental health and there are several things which can be done to ensure that your sleep is as restful as possible.
As the Dalai Lama has said: “Sleep is the best meditation…”
The dangers of Wifi & mobile phones
Having tracked my own sleep with an app over a period of time something became startlingly obvious quite quickly. In the presence of pulsed microwave radiation, both the quality and duration of my personal rest & recouperation time was severely impaired.
I noticed a 20% reduction in asleep time, and a 40% reduction in the amount of deep sleep during the night when the wifi was turned on. It is several years since I stopped sleeping next to my mobile phone but now I use it in airplane mode to actually track my sleep patterns and restlessness.
This translates into a foggy feeling in the morning, aching limbs, and a general sense of dis-ease. I tried this for a week again recently and the results were consistent with my previous observations. There have been various conflicting scientific reports on the interaction between these high frequency data transmissions and the human energy field. Some of those reports were funded by the mobile industry so there is a certain amount of inherent bias in some of the research and this can only lead to confusion amongst users.
Why wait for the right scientific report to be published? Just as an experiment why not turn off your wifi router and put your phone onto airplane mode before going to sleep to see how you feel the next morning?
To further enhance this purification of the energy environment, consider sleeping on a grounding bed sheet or simply attach an antistatic wrist-strap to your ankle.
Like many physiological processes in the body, sleep is a chemically controlled process. Melatonin is the messenger which the body uses to put it’s processes out of action and enable that shutdown time which we all find so beneficial. But how is melatonin produced and regulated?
The answer is simple; it is regulated by the sun. We have evolved to use the change of visible light frequency throughout the day as an inbuilt sleep and wake timer. As the sun gets lower in the sky the angle of incidence of its rays becomes shallower and it passes through more of the atmosphere. The result of this is that the light gets filtered, and the higher frequency light gets lost first. This is why as sunset progresses, along with the overall brightness of the light decreasing the characteristic of the colours present in that light is also changing.
Blue light gets attenuated first as it has the highest frequency in the visibile light spectrum, and the body uses this absence of blue light as a signal to begin melatonin production. Once a few hours have passed since sunset we should be feeling sleepy as melatonin has acuumulated at sufficient levels.
However, with the use of electrical lighting and LED displays this blue light does not disappear from our experience, and in turn that all-important melatonin does not get produced. This is why we can feel physically exhausted while our minds are still racing. The blue light from displays stimulates the brain and it thinks it is still morning so that in extreme cases the eyes spring open despite attempts to keep them closed. The result is a very poor quality of sleep, lack of rest and a bad start to the following day.
What can be done about this? It’s not feasible to expect us to turn off our electric lights and use candles, or switch off out computers when the sun goes down but there are some things which can be done:
- Use an application such as f.lux on the computer to remove high frequency light from the display after sunset.
- Use a similar app such as Twilight on your Anroid smartphone. Apple’s iOS 9 has similar functionality built in.
- Ensure that light bulbs in the home are warm white and have a colour temperature below 3000k
- Wear amber “blue-blocker” glasses which filter the higher light frequencies when you are in places with bright lights
- Melatonin supplementation is an option but it is often difficult to get the dose right leaving users unable to wake up properly the next morning
Possibly the simplest sleep hack and a really nice one is to use fresh lavender or lavender oil under your pillow. This is a powerful aid to relaxation and can be very effective at increasing sleep onset.