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