Thursday, June 10, 2010

NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP


Hi Beautiful Ones!


I’m baa-ack. I strive to be an open book with everyone. Notice, I say “strive” as in I feel I have yet to fully attain this. Anyhoo, I mentioned in a previous post how I had been dealing with moving. Well, as a means of sucessfully surviving the jacked-up economy, I begrudgingly decided to move in with family. I’m at peace with it now but trust me, as an adult it took me many months of mulling over this before I settled on doing so.

You can only imagine having to combine 2 full households together but it is being done b/c ..it is what it is. And it’s all good. Now during this process, I have been sleeping on the floor until my bed gets here. I know. It sounds rough but after doing so for a couple of days, I’m not too sure that I want to go back to a bed. I know this may sound difficult to believe but I have been getting the best rest, the best sleep on the floor. I sleep through the night, dreaming and all, while on the floor. And guess what? I feel great when I wake up!

I recall reading a section of Victoria Boutenko’s 12 Steps to Raw Foods in which she talks about her and her family sleeping on a hard surface. It reads as follows:

…I used to like to sleep on a soft mattress. Then I read an article describing how healthy it is to sleep on a hard surface. I tried sleeping on the floor but had such an achy back the next morning that I immediately quit. Many years later, I went hiking in the Cascade Mountains and slept on the ground every night for one month. During the first week, I had an achy back. Then my sleep became so sweet, as never before in all my life. Since then I have slept on a hard surface. In addition, soft beds now make my back achy.


I certainly can attest to experiencing a “sweet” sleep.

She also wrote on her site, Raw Family Green Smoothie Blog, regarding this:

3. Sleep on a hard surface: Our body needs to stretch at night. All the bones and joints can only stretch out when we lay on a hard surface. The most important is the spine. During the day our spine is so improperly positioned (driving, sitting in front of the computer and watching TV) that some spinal joints don’t get adequate spinal fluid and blood enriched with oxygen. Kundalini is the life energy that can only flow freely when the spine is stretched. My entire family prefers to sleep on the floor in sleeping bags. You should see us sleeping on the floor around the king sized bed in hotels when we travel. Sometimes when we are forced by circumstances to sleep on soft beds, we wake up with headaches, feeling achy and not rested.




In skimming the web on this topic, I’ve read about people investing in a Japanese bed, as a similar way of sleeping. As a matter of fact, I actually found a website where someone (Patrick Clark) wrote an article entitled “The Ergonomics of Sleep”. In this article he talks about his search for the perfect sleep for many years. You can read the full article here. He included an excerpt from the Nishi website (which I was unable to successfully navigate) based on Katsuzo Nishi’s studies, a Japanese health pioneer, about the benefit of sleeping on a hard surface. Here’s what the excerpt says:

His theories are characterized by the idea that, in spite of the fact that the human bone structure and positioning of the internal organs are basically the same as those evolved for the mammalian species that ambulate on four legs, human beings have adopted a basically upright two-legged life style that places certain structural strains on the human bone structure, resulting in problems like obstruction of the flow of food through the intestines (constipation) due to the unnatural (vertical) positioning of the organs. As methods to compensate for these structural defects, Nishi conceived and encouraged the use of treatment through exercises such as the goldfish (movement) style spinal column rectification exercise and the Nishi-shiki health fortifying technique( (lateral vibration exercise know as the “Haifuku Undo”).



Furthermore, based on the structure of the human network of arteries and veins, Nishi refuted the heart-driven blood circulation theory of William Harvey, proposing instead a theory that the capillaries provided the true driving force of the circulatory system. And, in order to compensate for the obstruction of circulation in the four limbs resulting from the human species’ vertical posture, he proposed the Capillary Action- Inducing exercise (Mokan Undo), which involves lying on the back, raising the arms and legs and applying a slight vibrating motion.


Besides these exercises, Nishi also recommended methods making use of implements like a hard, half –cylinder pillow, design to keep the cerebral vertebrae in the ideal position from a structural standpoint and a flat sleeping platform (flat board) designed to do the same for the vertebrae of the spinal column. (2)

Hmmm…something to consider.



Now I’ve also come across people who are unable to sleep on hard surfaces due to chronic back pain. So I suppose this may be another case of doing what works best for and with your body.

What are your thoughts on this?....



*First pic is a Harry Peronius photo of Indiaphoto.org
**Second pic is a Raku Tatami Japanese bed from HaikuDesigns.com

8 comments:

  1. Hey there Ms ChocolateOrchid, you know we as women, mothers, wives, etc... have to do what we have to do. Often, we find a sence of calm after making decisions that appear to be new or even uncomfortable, if for nothing else we did /do whats best for us and our families. Just think of how full the soup kitchens, homeless shelters, etc are now... do to the economy. We all fall on uncomfortable times... from time to time...but, think god you have family...their are some who have nothing and no one but the mentioned above. So, good for you!

    And see through all of that ...you have discovered something new, something that you may consider... and even something that you find enjoying !

    And btw, the picture of the little one is cuuuute!

    I wish you nothing less than the best!!!
    Take care (smiles)

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  2. @Zainab1 - Girl, you speak the truth and you (we) know it! =)
    Yes, the baby is adorable. I feel in love w/this pic as soon as I saw it.
    Thank you for being present here. I am grateful to know you on this blogosphere.
    Much luv, CO.

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  3. Interesting. I wouldnt mind getting one of those Japanese beds (not sure what they're called). I have a friend that is stationed over in Japan and her recently bought a house over there and it came with alot of their furniture and he has 2 of those beds in his house. They look really cool and he says they are comfortable.

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  4. @Brandiss - That's great to hear. I'm also feelin' the way they look.

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  5. Hello CO♥ It's nice to be back and I luv this post. Very interesting. A Japanese bed!Mmmm!
    I would luv something like that...
    ((Biggy Hugs))

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  6. @HippieMom - Hey Lady! I'm thinking I want one now, myself. Great to see you're back!

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  7. Lady! This is fascinating. I told my husband about this and we've been talking about this the last few days. I like the look/idea of the Japanese beds. Very interesting. I am curious about sleeping options like that for children too; I'll check the links you left.

    Gem

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  8. @Rainbowlens - Hey Chica! I'm feelin' the look of Japanese beds, also. I want to find a place here that may sell them so that I can really get a feel for them. But just going from the looks, I'm down with them.

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