Countless studies about sleep baffles the mind of almost all who read them because they contain unsubstantiated and dubious results that sometimes bother us when we try to go to sleep, especially when the texts contain figures, numbers particularly, like how many hours an adult person must stay asleep to achieve so-called quality sleep.
To rediscover safe and practical ways to sleep restfully is the first step we must undertake. Learning how to do it naturally should come very naturally if we love learning or if we understand that life is a constant process of learning as long as we are alive.
The initial result did not come as a surprise to me when I first massaged acupoint large intestine 4 (or LI4), one of the most vital points in reflexology, on both of my hands a half hour before sleeping at night because I had known the myriad benefits that can be derived from massaging it.
I can’t recall how fast I slept the moment I lied down on my bed and closed my eyes, but I slept soundly, restfully for seven hours and woke up feeling refreshed and reinvigorated. Restful meant there were no dreams whatsoever that interfered with the process. After a brief interval to empty my bladder at about 3 a.m. (I had slept for four hours then), I went back and continued the sleep pattern without any hitch
An American doctor, David Katz, wrote about his opinion of a restful sleep matter-of-factly and which I take the liberty to quote: the quality and quantity of sleep has profound effects on psychology, immunology, and neurology.
So we must not wonder if we rise up each morning on the wrong side of the bed feeling grumpy and irritable because our sleep had been fitful and bothered by recurring dreams and even nightmares. It could have been due to overworking intestines that could not properly grind meat and other foods that are hard to digest.
Advanced cultures had been totally dependent on sleeping pills and alcohol because they want fast fixes on everything, including health, completely unaware that they unwittingly compromise their well-being to such an extent that they end up miserably sick just for want of a quality and restful sleep.
Perhaps, the most rewarding thing about learning this good habit (and never looking back) was my being able to think clearly about things that should otherwise worry me to death if I had not slept restfully and, most of all, being able to sleep each night like a baby.