I’ve always had a problem falling asleep early enough to get a sufficient night’s rest. It’s been like this my whole life, and I wasn’t sure what it was that caused it.
Well, this is a problem that certainly can use some experimentation, and reporting on the results.
My first attempt to deal with this is to remove an artificial ingredient – In this case, light powered by electricity.
I’ve come across a lot of information that artificial light, such as from lamps, computers, TVs, and smart phones disrupt our natural sleep cycles, and delay the onset of our sleep hormone, melatonin. Now there are tons of resources that cover that subject thoroughly, so I’m not going to rehash it all in detail.
In case you want to find out more, in Mark Sisson’s latest book, The Primal Connection: Follow Your Genetic Blueprint to Health and Happiness’>Primal Connection, he discusses many of the problems contributed to the lack of quality sleep. Problems such as weight gain, ADHD, stress, hypertension, depression, irritability, sexual dysfunction, thyroid dysfunction, premature aging, the list goes on.
Well, how am I going to tackle the lack of sleep in my life?
First, I am going to remove as much artificial light at night as possible during next week.
I will operate by candle light at home, unless a lamp is absolutely necessary.
How will I monitor my success rate? I’ll report back to you on my average sleep time, bed time, and estimated “when I fell asleep” time for next week, and compare it to the following week when I don’t use the candle light.
How about you? Are you getting enough sleep? What have you tried? Would you do the “candle light only” experiment?