6 Techniques to Help you get Some Sleep (Video)

6 Techniques to Help you get Some Sleep (Video)

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Let’s talk about SLEEP.

In recent times, poor mental and physical stress adaptation have become possibly the most influential factor impeding western civilization from attaining good health. With the advent of cell phones, televisions, computers, light bulbs, etc., we have created an environmental stimulus of which humans did not encounter in nature. As a result, this abrupt change in the environment has made it difficult for us to adapt. One of the most difficult adaptations being our ability to sleep in the evening.

Our biological clocks have adapted us to be diurnal organisms. We move during the day, we sleep at night. This biological clock has been set like this for millions of years. It’s in our DNA. If we analyze how our western culture influences this process of evolution, it becomes quite clear that this biorhythm has been thrown off. Sleep is not something we do to good anymore. Actually we don’t hold up too well during the day time either (coffee and stimulants), but that’s another story for another time.

The variability of adaptation is a gift humans posses over all other species on the planet. The problem is that these adaptations are not always for the best. In relation to our sleep, the stimulus we are exposed to all the time has been having some major influence on our ability to shut our stress response off in the evening. We are programmed to respond to stimulus. Shine a bright light in your eye and you will respond by moving your head or squinting your eyes. However, stimulus does not always have to promote a movement. Sometimes stimulus can trigger you to want to sleep, depending on the time of day, type of stimulus, and repetition of stimulus. Which is what brings about my goal for this video tutorial.

If we can use stimulation that promotes balance in the evening when you need sleep, it is possible that our bodies will better recognize the clock it took millions of years to evolve. Here are 6 muscle/brain relaxation techniques you can use to help you get a good night’s sleep. If you are a person who has problems turning off your stress response at night, the techniques in this video can definitely help you on your path to getting good rest and recovery.

For a more complete approach to balancing your stress adaptation through better neuromuscular postural associations, be sure to check out my book: THE POWER OF POSTURE

Sleep habitually,
not inentionally,

Naudi 😉

2017-01-18T20:26:15+00:00

10 Comments

  1. renee February 2, 2015 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Great video, will be trying these things tonight as I do have problems sleeping. Makes a lot of sense to me bc I have been dealing with an injury to my shoulder, small tear on labrum and tendonopathy of infraspinatus and subscapularis, also some subracromial bursitis. I hope this helps, have tried myofascial release but not b4 bed.
    Also I drive a lot for work and tend to get really tight through my IT bands and generalized tightness in my legs. I take a lacrosse ball with me every day and do try to roll out while I am driving and have used the ball in the gluteal fold which alleviates some tightness. Is there anything you can recommend additionally that I could do to release some of this discomfort while driving?

    Thanks!

    • George February 4, 2015 at 2:10 am - Reply

      I wouldn’t recommend doing any form of myofascial release while driving; it’s dangerous, and not a good environment to relax or concentrate. It seems like you’re trying to be more time efficient, but you’re sacrificing effectiveness in the process. You are only consciously able to focus on one thing at a time, despite what you might think. I would recommend you take the time to deactivate your trigger points before and after you drive ideally. You’ll see much better results.

  2. Pete June 13, 2015 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this. I tend to wake after about 3 or 4 hours and struggle to get back to sleep. Then I stress out because I am anxious that I am going to be tired the next day. I do various versions of these releases on days I train, but not in a dark room as sleep prep. Funny how we prep to train, but not prep to sleep.

    My current issue has more to do with a new baby, but I think at 8 weeks of age she is possibly too young for most of what you do in this video. Mind you the some of the techniques/reasoning are similar to relieving Colic in babies and she does carry heaps of tension in her diaphragm.

  3. Carole September 3, 2015 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Love your halo! LOL

  4. casey robazza September 15, 2015 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    this is the future of body wellness people….being limber so you have no stiffness , mainly as we get years of repetitive motion, so that our nerves and muscles and bodies work without hindrance. THIS works….it did on my 53 yr old arthritis filled athletic bod …like a boss!

  5. TMWard November 12, 2015 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Interesting video – but at the end you say, “Sleep intentionally, not habitually” – and if I read through the written information, it’s opposite at the end.
    So, which is it?

  6. Michelle November 13, 2015 at 5:22 am - Reply

    I don’t see to have trouble falling asleep, it is staying asleep. I am awake every couple of hours. I can go right back to sleep but the break up in sleep pattern has me exhausted. I am an active person (cycling, running, gym rat, yoga) but I also work in an office. So yep, HORRIBLE posture at my desk. My stresses are in my shoulders and neck, I also have sciatica problems. I have billiard balls to do the same type of exercises..and for release..its great. Still, nothing works on the sleep pattern. Perhaps a dark room or actually doing this on a regular basis..not when the pressure points have become painful. 🙂 LOVE your vids.

  7. Emily December 8, 2015 at 6:45 am - Reply

    Hi
    Thanks for the video it is very interesting. I have a slightly stange thing that quite often when I have been asleep or am dosing off I find myself vigourously shaking my legs or butt and I also rub my my feet against the bed as it feels nice on the ankle. I went to the doctors and its not a twitch and its not uncomfortable it is concious shaking it feels like I am relaxing the muscle. I dont think its the restless leg syndrome as I dont have an uncomfortable feeling before. Its weird I just find myself shaking my legs or butt and then stop after 30 secs and do it few times, same with the ankle movement. I do it how ever many times and then fall asleep!

    Anyone heard of this? Its not that annoying, but just want to make sure its not going to get worse! I do a lot of strength work on my legs and butt and I walk 60mins everyday fast, with the dog.

    Any help muchly appreciated 🙂

  8. steve December 11, 2015 at 5:26 am - Reply

    Great video, fantastic techniques. The most amazing thing I have found about this video and the Breathing one is how little Doctors know!!! I have had a Thoracic issue over the last year due to high tension, whilst having this the doctors have been telling me I have IBS. Well, after watching this video and learning to release the tension in my upper abs these pains have all vanished after doing this for a week. I cant thank you enough and also your other items are also helping me massively. Great work

  9. Jon December 11, 2015 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Incredibly grateful for your videos!

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