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World Sleep Day is about raising awareness of sleep problems and the health effects that these cause, including other problems that are subsequently caused by it in the economy, education and so on. Of course it is also about preventing sleep problems and disorders in the first place. If you research the effects of lack of quality sleep more deeply, then the conclusion is that basically it makes people age faster. Higher cancer risk, higher diabetes risk, obesity, low testosterone in men, higher risk of osteoporosis in women, higher risk for Altzheimer’s etc. are all effects normally linked to aging.
It’s organized by the World Association of Sleep Medicine. This year’s motto is “Better Sleep, Better Life, Better Planet”. Last year’s was “Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging”. World Sleep Day . It is an annual event, and aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders. World Sleep Day is held the Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox of each year. Future dates will be: Friday, March 13, 2020 & Friday, March 12, 2021.
A new smart, modular bed rocker system, for adults from Ensven has a particularly interesting feature in that it can detect shallow/bad sleep – restlessness – and automatically react to rock the sleeper(s) back into recuperative deep sleep. Ensven have a youtube video which shows how this works. It’s worked for years with babies so it’s no surprise it could work for everyone else.
Sleep is so important for health that it’s becoming the most talked about subject but if you can get it right then your health will benefit.
I enjoyed Kayla’s book very much. She writes in great details about feeling tired from lack of sleep as she was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome when she was young. She tried everything in the book to help her sleep and then while working at an environmental health clinic, the Doctor she was working with suggested she should try a mindfulness course. The course included mindfulness and yoga and after a few months Kayla was able to sleep much better.
Even with a busy lifestyle she found yoga helped her to sleep well and decided to write this book in a step by step format so that what Kayla learnt from studying yoga, meditation and psychology could help others along the way.
There is a full chapter in all you need to know about sleep, good sleep, bad sleep, REM sleep and your heart rate. “The goal of yoga or meditation” she says, “isn’t to stay relaxed all the time, but to be able to switch between the systems if needed.”
Yoga and how it works is described well and how it can work to help you sleep. Creating a healthy sleep environment is discussed well as Kayla has travelled far and wide and understands how jet lag affects your sleep and writes about mental relaxation and darkness in your bedroom. Plus diet and creating a routine which is essential for a good nights sleep.
Kayla talks about meditation for better sleep. Mindfulness is explained very well and the goal setting is very achievable. She writes further on breathing techniques for a better sleep which is something my local pain team want to teach me.
There is a great chapter on yoga positions shown in detail with pictures to help you to try different positions to help you sleep.They are simple to do as I could manage a number of them but do check with your Doctor first before you try them out.
The final part of the book is all about building a lifestyle for a better sleep which is explained fully. I really liked this book and have it next to my bed to refer to if I’m struggling with my sleep. The book is available from Amazon.
Kinesiology is a treatment which concentrates on getting your muscles to function correctly. It is believed that each muscles is connected to a specific part of your body. The word ‘Kinesiology’ is derived from the Greek word ‘kinesis’, which means ‘motion’. It originated in 1964 and was developed by an American chiropractor called George Goodheart. He found that when he was treating patients for severe pain in the leg, that by massaging a particular muscle the pain seemed to ease. However this did not seem to work on all muscles.
An osteopath in the 1900’s a Dr. Chapman pointed out that there were certain ‘pressure points’ in the body which were connected to your muscles, and if these were massaged correctly the lymph would be able to flow freely throughout the body.
In the 1930’s it was also claimed that there were similar pressure points which were on the skull which, by putting a light pressure on them, the flow of blood to their related organs would be assisted.
A Kinesiologist will examine a patient and try to discover whether they are lacking in energy as well as any other problems which could relate to their symptoms. If they find blockages then they can treat the disorder by stimulating the flow of lymph and blood my massaging the pressure points.
Nowadays there are a number of therapies (acupuncture, osteopathy, myofascial release massage) that use pressure points to ease pain in the muscles. Kinesiology is gaining momentum and I could find a number of therapists in my area but I have not tried this personally.
After treatment by massage of the pressure points the patient would experience some tenderness for a couple of days as the toxins in the tissue dissipate gradually. However, there should be an overall feeling of an improvement in your health and in particular the areas that were treated.
The Kinesiology Federation say it is a A bespoke treatment that’s as unique as you are.
As any qualified Kinesiology Federation member would tell you there is no such thing as a “typical” kinesiology session. The content of each session depends on the client’s needs at that time. Everyone is different. For example, even the same client may have different needs after an argument with her boyfriend than when she has over indulged food wise for a few days.
By treating each client as the unique individual they are, Kinesiology Federation members are better able to help you, the client, achieve a sense of health and wellbeing. Using a range of techniques the kinesiologist can then guide you to understand what kind of changes would best support your physical, emotional and mental health. This means that kinesiology can be seen as the therapeutic equivalent of buying couture clothes.”
And kinesiology is not just for people who are feeling below par. It can help you perform better at work, in sport and in other areas of your life by working with a kinesiologist to identify what factors in your life you could do with more (or less) of.
There is a very good infographic on Pinterest on the do’s and dont’s of using Kinesio Tape. Kinesio Tape are strips of bright coloured tape on arms, legs and torsos. Some athletes believe it has therapeutic effects. The tape was invented by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase in the 1970’s. A U.K. website for this tape says it can help reduce inflammation, relax muscles, enhance performance, and help rehabilitation as well as supporting the muscles.
On Sleep Sunday this week I thought it might be interesting to find out about power naps. I personally cannot function as well without mine. My new pain team seem to think I shouldn’t need it if I paced myself correctly whereas my new GP agrees they can work wonders.
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They have guide to common sleeping positions. You can take power over your power naps; Many of us have been there, unable to work out why that one sleeping position sends us drifting while others put dead legs, sore necks and more troublesome obstacles between us and our Z’s. You may be lucky enough to hop into bed without much thought about how to get comfortable. Even if this is the case, it is still great to know how the position you sleep in affects your body.
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