If you’ve ever been gobsmacked at how the best street illusionists can magic inanimate objects out of thin air, then I know you at least have an inkling of how cleverly the mind can deceive the eye.
It happens off-stage too, and is why an eye-witness statement won’t always stand up in court, no matter how convincing the witness.
When my car spun round to face in the opposite direction landing outside the Portland Art Gallery – in Manchester – pointing towards St Peter’s Square as though coming from Piccadilly, one eye witness said it’d been driving in that direction. Luckily for me, an off-duty policewomen saw the incident and recounted it exactly as it happened, i.e. I was driving across the lights by the Peace Garden – into town – when a single double decker bus went through a red-light, hit the car, spun it across the road, stopping it’s final 180 position.
A sound example of two entirely conflicting accounts of the same event
Similarly, when you compare a childhood memory with a sibling, where you each have a different perception of what happened at the time you may argue over the detail, but in truth that’s the version that your brain tells you happened, and it’s notoriously unreliable. However, it is the norm.
Part of what’s going on here is due to stress, and we all process stress the same way biologically, but we process it differently bioenergetically. Your emotional psychology is for you to decipher, and there are amazing tools for this today, it’s what I love about the work I do with clients, i.e. detecting, deerstalker and magnifying glass at your service.
The bottom line is that this is exactly what long-lasting stress is
= unprocessed earlier life emotional and traumatic events.
Stress has to go somewhere and when left unattended – as we do – it develops into illness, bad behaviour, compulsions and addition. It has to go somewhere right?
How does this affect your sleep
When you’re mentally, emotionally, and/or physically stressed your sleep patterns can so easily fall out-of-sync. Where as much as you’d like to arrange life around your preferred schedule it’s not always possible or even healthy. When you live contract-to-contract it takes it’s toll. When you work wonky hours it adds pressure.
Working unsociable hours is one thing, sleep patterns another, but they easily overlap with the demands of a free sounding flexible lifestyle. Looking after your sleep patterns is an important aspect you can decide to take care of yourself.
Being out-of-sync with your body clock more easily impacts your health as you get older when the innate energy you had in your childhood, teens and twenties wanes, your body’s tolerance dwindles to where even thinking about an all-nighter is exhausting.
Life happens and over time the emotional and physical stressors take hold. Poor quality sleep patterns can be enough to cause weight gain and a slower metabolism. The impact often comes from managing everyone else’s expectations, i.e. the partner, the kids, the work, the extended family, the ex, everything else. Man the expectations.
With lots of plates to juggle where are you on the list? Falling short and how. It’s important because it’s too easy to get into poor sleep patterns. And if you’re heading for midlife you need to better manage your reserves.
Having a good night’s sleep
Sleep along with movement, a naturally nourishing eating regime and healthy emotional state keeps you young and supple, otherwise your immune, endocrine, and central nervous system goes into overdrive.
A good night’s sleep has all manner of benefits that can realign you within a night or two, because it boosts your vitality levels that become restricted when life goes into a downward spiral.
The blue light
As we age we need to be mindful of our lifestyle patterns where sleep is one of many changes that you are in control of. Good quality sleep reduces stress hormones, and the reasons for turning off the electronic devices before heading to bed are better explained here, it’s all about blue light, found in the human eye:
Getting into the routine of prioritising sleep as a standard health reserve is a better way to think of it. Then when you move into the perimenopausal phase enroute to the menopause you’ll reduce potential symptoms like hot flushes, frequent peeing in the night, nightsweats, etc, having headed them off at the pass.
The important element of this is not wanting to miss out on the multi-layered benefits of sleep and it’s replenishing properties, which is enough to leave even you feeling spent
Getting any sleep issues sorted before then means you’ll have the best energy affordable, it increases the good-mood factor, keeping you on an even keel. Memory lapses, loss of concentration, low libido, confusion, running on empty, and so on are not something you want to add to what is already a long list of to-do’s.
Put any poor sleep habits you’re having on the to-don’t list instead.
The circadian body clock
Let’s have a look at the Circadian Body Clock that was referred to earlier, where light is shown to be the main driving factor. Our genes switch on and off accordingly and when we continue looking at electronic devices the brain is lured into staying awake past what is our night-and-daylight-driven-natural-patterns-for-sleeping-and-waking.
Circadian rhythms can influence sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, body temperature and other important bodily functions, and have been linked to various sleep disorders, such as insomnia
Abnormal circadian rhythms have also been associated with obesity, diabetes, depression, bipolar disorder and seasonal affective disorder
National Institute Of General Medical Sciences
We have a number of body clocks that are centrally controlled by the Circadian Rhythm, and this is an area of genetic research that is being studied to improve, sleep, jet lag and other health issues.
When you want to be less stressed, feel healthier and avoid broken sleep, then creating new habits around your sleeping habits is one avenue worth exploring. It’s something you can do tonight and it ought to start restoring your barometer for better energy and vitality, and who knows what else.
If you need support to achieve that, especially where you have a lot of stress-based plates spinning right now, it’s only natural to draft in some help and that’s where I come in. I can help you create something different, something better.
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PS – Directing your own destiny begins by arranging a quick 15-min chat which kick-starts having more energy to develop what you really, really want.
along with any snowballing stress triggers we looked at in Dr Hamer’s two phases of disease explained here.