Nature’s Soft Nurse

by | Jun 2, 2003 | Archives

Last week a group of happy delegates came to the farm and enjoyed Jay Glaser's course on rejuvenation.

One of our goals at the farm is sharing knowledge. Another is to immerse those who stay with us in a healthy way of life. We share a three-part technique aimed at providing healthy food, adequate exercise and deep rejuvenating sleep. At the farm with its intensely dark, incredibly quiet nights, good sleep is easy.

When our delegates get back home, this is not always the case.

Here are some of Jay Glaser's most recent comments about how to sleep better from his Spirit of Health Ayurvedic newsletter.

A Good Night's Sleep: Nature's Soft Nurse. by Jay Glaser, MD---------------------------------------------------------------When I was a child growing up in Colorado, in order to gain listeners, a local disc jockey held a contest to see who could guess how long he could broadcast music without falling asleep. I must have been fascinated with how a man could put himself through so much torture, since his stunt seemed like one of the worst possible violations of the laws of nature. He lasted about 8 days.When Shakespeare wrote, "Gentle sleep is nature's soft nurse," he invoked the idea that there are few panaceas like a good rest, and restful sleep is the norm for all animals except humans. Even animals that are prey manage to sleep. Sleep problems happen to one third of us. One of the worst forms, chronic sleep maintenance insomnia, in which the sufferers regularly spend long periods awake after initially falling asleep, is the commonest and hardest to treat, affecting 5% of the population. In my practice, I have observed that sleep disorders have their roots in poor lifetime sleep habits.Charaka Samhita, the oldest of the Sanskrit medical treatises of Ayurveda, the health science of the Vedic civilization, states, "A man sleeps when, with an exhausted mind, his sensory faculties and organs of action detach from their objects." Charaka implies that as long as the mind is engaged, sleep will not come. Sleep is healing, not only because it permits the body to physically rest, but also because it allows the mind to reorganize and digest our experiences and circumstances for understanding our situation and planning future action. Hence, the phrase, "I'll sleep on that."

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Until next message, may your sleep always be good! Gary