I can’t sleep

Insomnia sleeplessness
I can’t sleep!

Yes, you know what it’s like to have insufficient sleep. You wake up feeling hungover, fuzzy in the head, heavy eyed, dull thinking, maybe with a headache, grumpy and not fit for the day. But do you remember what it’s like to wake up after a really good sleep? Feeling bright, cheerful, capable of getting on with the day and optimistic.

There is a reason for the difference. The brain, which is only about 2% of the body’s total weight, uses up 25% of its energy. All metabolism has toxic by-products which the lymphatic system carries away. So far, just basic level biology. But what happens to all the toxins that accumulate around brain cells (using a quarter of the calories you consume)? The lymphathic system is not connected to the brain. Continue reading

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Clear-headedness

Daily practice

I am following advice to develop clear-headedness.

Janet not running
I just don’t seem to be able to run every day.

We’ve had such a fabulous summer with reliable, sunny weather. Keeping my life in order seems much more difficult in the winter for me as well as a lot of other people. Not just a case of managing health and winter colds, but also getting up and getting home in the dark are disorientating for me.

So I am following advice to develop clear-headedness. The recommendation is to try out a menu of activities and settle on one that you can do everyday to bring a settled steadiness to your day.  Yesterday I tasted running from the menu. Wonderful but I don’t think it is realistic in the winter as I would have to run in the dark or get to work late. Last week I tried meditation. I am holding judgement on that. I would like to but I have not continued previously. Currently I am trying clearing my desk at the beginning of every day.

Other items on the menu:

  • Listen to piece of music
  • Dance
  • Go for a walk
  • Do exercise video
  • Pray
  • Write