splash
dialogue of the psyche
DREAMS: sequence images, sounds and feelings experienced when sleeping
SEMANTICS: linguistics. the study of meaning.

http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/02/the-wise-old-man/

This archetype was described as Carl Jung as a person with great judgment and wisdom.  The wise old man is sometimes referred to as the Sage. This archetype is characterized by being old, bearded, father-figure type who uses his great personal knowledge of the world and offer guidance through stories and may impress upon his [...]

  • Yahoo Bookmarks
  • Facebook
  • Technorati Favorites
  • Blogger Post
  • MySpace
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • Share/Bookmark
 

Sleep Better

If you toss and turn in the middle of the night, waking up too early or feeling unrefreshed in the morning, then these are just some of the symptoms that you’re having trouble with sleep. Not only you, but also millions of people experience these things too. Understanding what interferes with your sleep and practicing sleep-inducing techniques can be good start to enjoy restful, quality sleep.

For years, psychology and medical communities have been showing us that lack of sleep is a major health crisis. Pharmaceutical companies manufacture pills to handle widespread problems of sleeping. But there are several ways you can adopt to sleep better.

Sometimes, we make sacrifices just to fulfill other demands during the day and even at night. Our sleep is affected and the natural rhythm of day and night is interrupted. Everything else in our own human body gets affected too, including our safety and overall health.

Insomnia

Insomnia usually starts with something that gives you one or a few restless nights. Maybe you have pain, jet lagged, anxious, or just feeling blue, you just can’t fall asleep because of these things. Your brain thinks that you’re awake but you are actually asleep.

Sometimes it’s not insomnia’s fault why we have problems falling asleep. We may have been doing activities at the wrong time. In this case, we are suffering from ‘sleep-phase disorder”.

Factors affecting sleep

Circadian rhythm. This body’s biological clock guides the body through cycles of sleep and alertness. It runs a day-night cycle of about 24 hours. The more stable and consistent our circadian rhythm is, the better our sleep.

Aging. Our sleep patterns change when we reach the age of 40 where we have more frequent nocturnal awakenings compared to our younger years. This affects the quality of our sleep.

Psychological stress. Reviewing for exams, deadlines for projects and other things that give us mental stress may keep us awake the whole night. We can’t just simply turn off the switch to get a good night’s sleep. It takes time to “switch off” all the noise from the day.

Caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. These substances can interfere with your sleep. Caffeine makes you stay awake up to 10-14 hours of drinking it. Nicotine, in high doses, is a stimulant that causes arousal during sleep. Alcohol may help you fall asleep, but the subsequent metabolism of it causes arousal that disturb sleep.

When you don’t get the amount of sleep you need, your cognitive function may get impaired; your immune system may get weak, and you may have a tendency to be susceptible to accidents due to lack of motor coordination.

Tips on how to get better sleep

• A light snack before bedtime can help promote sleep. Try to choose foods that contain L-trytophan. Research shows that foods with L-trytophan can help people go to sleep. Avoid heavy meal before bed. Also, stay away from caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine.

• Your bed should be used for sleeping purposes only. Do not associate it with other activities such as TV watching and eating. When you go to sleep, try to keep your bedroom as comfortable as possible.

• Use dim or small night light instead of bright light when you get up at night.

• Avoid vigorous exercise before going to sleep if you are easily aroused by exercise. It is much better to do in the morning or afternoon.

• Avoid sleeping with your pets. They may cause arousal from either allergies or their movements on bed.

Dreams

According to Psychology of Consciousness, sleep has two states of consciousness which are dream and deep sleep. If you get more sleep, you tend to be more energetic when you are awake. The duration of your dream is regulated because of deep sleep. When you dream about wonderful things, your body tries to lessen the chances of your awakening while it is regaining itself. Rapid eye movement (REM) and its points in time during sleep is when dreams occur. Our brain takes us on a virtual reality of our thoughts while our body regains itself for the next day.

Good sleep hygiene has a great effect upon getting better sleep. It is clear how important a sound sleep is to our health and well being. It is already part of our lives that we encounter sleep problems, but how we should respond on these completely depends on us. When everything else won’t work, visit your doctor to help you with your sleep problems.

Post to Twitter .

  • Yahoo Bookmarks
  • Facebook
  • Technorati Favorites
  • Blogger Post
  • MySpace
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • Share/Bookmark

Tags: , ,

Similar Posts
Posted in Dream Psychology

Leave a Reply

Spam Protection by WP-SpamFree