Sleep still eludes me to some extent, but here are some rituals that have helped me enormously in achieving better SLEEP -. For example, many of us will be experiencing, like me, a higher incidence of insomnia, i.e. difficulty falling asleep or going back to sleep once awake. Another theory is that it could affect the production of a hormone called melatonin, which modulates the body's biological clock and thus our sleep-wake patterns.
A study by Swiss researchers published in the journal Nature found that warm feet and hands were the best indicator of rapid sleep onset. I would later learn that my spiritual awakening had begun and hence the drastic change in my sleep pattern. In fact, a study last year showed that "sleeping on it" increased the ability to make connections and links, what we call lateral thinking. Of the five stages of sleep outlined by scientists, deep sleep is the time when the brain repairs the damage done during the day and rejuvenates itself, so that you feel refreshed in the morning.
In fact, you can lie down AND fall asleep peacefully because the only one who can make you safe is at work and up to the task. Although it initially acts as a sedative, alcohol has been shown to alter both the duration, sequence and time it takes to fall asleep. Sleep is actually a time of activity for the organism, and the "daily service" time it needs to function effectively. It speaks poignantly of the suffering of not being able to sleep, the suffering of insomnia and restlessness, and the suffering of a seemingly endless night.
And to those who think a nightcap might help them fall asleep, the Sleep Foundation advises avoiding alcohol, tobacco or large meals just before bedtime. Warming your feet, either with socks or a hot water bottle, is thought to shift blood flow from the core to the extremities, which cools the body and prepares it for sleep. Keep your room cool and dark: darkness causes the brain to produce melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. While I was thinking about all this, I read several useful articles on the subject of prayer and insomnia.