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Sleep is magic

April 7, 2011 Leave a comment

It really is. I don’t know how parents deal with the extra sleep deprivation. They say it’s worth it, but that could just be the delirium talking.

  • I scored a full 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep last night (such a rare occurrence!), and this morning everything is pretty sweet. I am currently enjoying a rarely experienced feeling of actual well-being. This is nothing like the “speedy” feeling/dopamine hit I get from L-tyrosine or SAM-e supplementation.

  • I want to chase this dragon as far as I can. This is going to be my priority. So: sleep.

  • Here are the variables I’m hopelessly confounding in an effort to chase a decent amount of high quality sleep.

  • Eating a small amount of potatoes, sweet potatoes, or tapioca seems to help me sleep deeply, but eating fruit destroys my ability to sleep through the night. Is this a fructose/liver toxin thing? Because fruit makes me pee like a mofo. I like fruit and find it energizing, but for the most part (on a day-to-day basis) I love sleep more. Also, eating tubers may impede fat loss, but I’m going to make the judgment call that adequate sleep makes me happier – in a very physical sense, the world seems brighter – than fat loss.

  • I’m not sure if meditation helps sleep all that much, but having a good night’s sleep helps the next day’s meditation be more enjoyable. I’m hoping that meditation and sleep have reciprocal effects on each other.

  • To help with the meditation, I’m trying out the Vila acupressure mat recommended by Health Habits here. I’ve used this mat for the past three days, and I’m not sure what it’s doing, but it is doing something. When I lie on the acupressure mat, I get a sensation of heat, as if I had applied a camphor-menthol or capsaicin cream on the areas of contact. Interestingly, my skin is not actually hot to the touch, so this is merely the perception of heat. I also get an intermittent sensation of tingling – it feels like nerves are firing in bursts. I am not all that invested in the pain relieving qualities of the acupressure mat, as what really helps for me is cable rows at the gym, which are their own kind of magic. However, I think the acupressure mat is most useful to me as a meditation tool, as it gives me something immediately compelling on which to focus. I often try to focus on my breathing, but I do get distracted often.

  • (That said, am I in less pain? Maybe. There are one or two specific spots near my thoracic vertebrae that have been consistently painful in the past. The mat seems to help by replacing the highly localized “hot spots” of pain with a diffuse sensation of tenderness/sensitivity, followed by an equally diffuse – and slight – soreness the next day. I am at best optimistic about this and at worst highly curious about what’s happening.)

  • Yes, I do make use of blackout curtains and earplugs (and have for months). I find it hard to get comfortable in a cool room, so I dispense with that. I’m supplementing with phosphatidylserine and rhodiola, but truth be told, I’m nervous about supplements in general, and I’m really ambivalent about continuing to take them.

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