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How to sleep well

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Sleep is an extremely important function that allows your body and mind to recharge, leaving you refreshed and alert when you wake up. Healthy sleep helps the body remain healthy and free from diseases. In this journey of 4 videos, Sadhguru tells us some simple tips to sleep better. Sadhguru also tells the 'right' way of sleeping, and the 'right' direction to sleep. Sleeping in the wrong direction can not only cause disturbed sleep, but in extreme cases can also cause death. In the last step of this journey, Sadhguru gives a simple but powerful 10 min practice to be done before sleeping.


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How to sleep well

3:48 min

Simple tips to sleep better

So before you go to bed in the night, there are certain things that you need to take care of. It's best if you are eating meat and other kinds of meals, you eat at least 3-4 hours before you go to bed. The digestion is over. Before going to bed, drink a certain amount of water and go to bed. You will see, it gets taken care of just like this. One simple thing can be, just a shower. Always to shower before go to bed. It will make a lot of difference.

So before you go to bed in the night, there are certain things that you need to take care of. It's best if you are eating meat and other kinds of meals, you eat at least 3-4 hours before you go to bed. The digestion is over. Before going to bed, drink a certain amount of water and go to bed. You will see, it gets taken care of just like this. One simple thing can be, just a shower. Always to shower before go to bed. It will make a lot of difference. In this weather, maybe cold showers are difficult, so you go for lukewarm showers. Don't go for hot showers in the night. Go for lukewarm showers, it makes you alert. So you will think, oh I cannot sleep. It doesn't matter. You will sleep 15-20 minutes or half an hour later, but you will sleep better because it will take away certain things. When you shower, it is not just the dirt on the skin that you are taking away. Have you noticed, if you are very tense or anxious whatever. Just a shower and you came out and feels like almost the burden has been taken away from you. Have you not noticed this? So it's not just about washing the skin. A whole lot of things happen when water flows over your body. This shower is a very rudimentary Bhuta Shudhi. Because over 70% of your body is actually water. If you run water over it, a certain purification happens which is beyond cleaning the skin. One more thing if you want to do, you just light an organic oil lamp. A cotton wick, some oil, anything, what do you use here? Normal cooking oil, linseed oil, rice bran oil, or sesame oil. What do you have? Olive oil. Fine. Any organic oil with a cotton wick. Just burn a little lamp somewhere in the room where you sleep. You will see these things will completely disappear. So everyday in the night, all of you should do this before you go to bed. Last three minutes, everything that you have gathered, the body, the content of the mind, things. Don't ignore small things, small things are big things. I've seen how people are carrying their own private pillow, you know. Because it's very important. So your pillow, your footwear, if you have relationships, everything that you have gathered, keep it aside. Sleep. If you sleep in that condition, you will wake up with much more light, with much more energy, with much more possibilities than you have imagined possible. Just sleep as life, not as a man, not as a woman, not as this and that. Keep everything down. Simply.

3:29 min

The ‘right’ way of sleeping

The best state of restfulness happens to you when you are in a state of abandon. So when it comes to sleep, do not think what position and how to sleep. Being in a state of total abandon is the best way to sleep. There is no prescription of how much you should sleep. Let the body decide how much you should sleep, that's the best way to go.

Namaskaram Sadhguru. I want to know the truth about sleeping right. Whether the duration, or the direction. What is the science behind it? Namaskaram Viru. About sleep. Sleep is a state of restfulness. Most human beings know sleep as the deepest state of restfulness. But it need not be so. There are yogic processes where far deeper states of restfulness can be achieved by dropping the metabolic activity to a very low level. But, for most human beings, sleep is the most profound restful state. In restfulness, let's not take attitudes. The best state of restfulness happens to you when you are in a state of abandon. So when it comes to sleep, do not think what position and how to sleep. Being in a state of total abandon is the best way to sleep. But, you also mentioned direction. When it comes to direction, because of the magnetic pull of the north pole, if you put your head to the north in the northern hemisphere, there is a tendency for putting pressure upon your brain. We know this by experience. But it's been studied and identified that there is a natural movement of blood towards the brain., if you put your head towards the north in the northern hemisphere. As you know, as if you're anaemic, your doctor will prescribe you with iron. So if there is that much iron in your blood, the magnetic poles naturally pull it. And, also the spin of the planet affects it. So it's best, especially the older people should not put their head to the north and sleep because it'll create a certain pressure. It is possible, because of this excessive pressure, in older people it could cause haemorrhages. More than anything, it'll lead to disturbed sleep. So, it is best not to put the head to the north in the northern hemisphere. But otherwise, you should not take any other attitude towards sleep. Sleep should happen in total abandon. That's the best way to be in a state of restfulness. It's not only during sleep. If you're in a state of abandon in your activity, you will find, your activity itself is restfulness and the sleep quota will come down dramatically. There is no prescription of how much you should sleep. Let the body decide how much you should sleep, that's the best way to go. But, if you manage your food, your mental attitudes, your emotional tranquility, well, you will see the sleep quota will come down dramatically. If you bring yogic practices, you can further bring down sleep quota quite significantly so that you have more time to live.

3:59 min

The ‘right’ direction for sleeping

If you put your head to the north and sleep, you could have disturbed sleep. All kinds of dreams happening. If you are in your old age, it is possible that you can have a stroke or you could just die in your sleep. It's very much possible. In the northern hemisphere, you do not put your head to the north. East is best. North-east is okay. West is all right. South, if you must. North, no.

Suppose you had a little bit of anemia, if you went to your, doctor what does he prescribe for you? It seems to be like it's an important ingredient of your blood. Yes? So if iron is floating around in your blood and if I put a very powerful magnet to the top of your head, it is possible that slowly blood may start moving in that direction, isn't it? Let's say if it's a very, very powerful magnet. It may start slowly pulling it up because there is elements of iron in the blood. Your body is designed like this that your heart, which is the pumping station of the circulatory system, is three-fourths of the way up, not halfway down, because it is difficult to pump against gravity, easier to pump towards gravity. So it's placed here. Generally all the pipes that are flowing down are larger ones. What is going up are much finer ones. As it goes up here, they are almost hair like. So minute that the circulatory system in your brain is such, that if one extra drop enters there, hemorrhages will happen. People have strokes. So now you were like this. Now you went like this. Already there is a little bit of imbalance in the system because heart was pumping, calculating the gravitational resistance. Now suddenly there is no gravitational resistance, you became like this and now you put your head towards the north. Slowly it gets pulled towards your brain. So one thing that could happen to you is, you could have disturbed sleep. If you put your head to the north and sleep, you could have disturbed sleep. All kinds of dreams happening. If you are in your old age, it is possible that you can have a stroke or you could just die in your sleep. It's very much possible. Not that if you sleep one day, you will fall dead. Every day, every day, every day if your bed is arranged that way that every day you're sleeping put your head to the north, you are asking for trouble. Some kind of trouble. We do not know what kind of trouble you will get, that depends on the strength of your system. If it is weak, very weak you may fall dead, or you may get a stroke, or you may just get disturbed sleep, you may just have nightmares, or during the day you act funny. So many things will happen because excess circulation is happening in the brain when it should not be happening, simply because you put your head to the north. So in case you go to South America, then you should not put your head to the south. Oh if you went to Australia, you should not put your head to the south. You can put it to the north out there. In the northern hemisphere, you do not put your head to the north. East is best. North-east is okay. West is all right. South, if you must. North, no.

1:32 min

Powerful 10 minute practice before sleeping

Tonight, before you go to bed, spend at least 12-15 minutes reminding yourself you're neither this body, nor this mind. Just lie down and just remind yourself. This body is not really you. It is mine right now for use, but it's not really me.

Do you know? In about, if you live for about 60 years, you're, on an average most human beings are eating anywhere between 1,100 to 1,400 tons of food. So that means, even what you think is my body, is not this. It's changing every day. New input is happening and old things are going away. So 1,400 tons. You don't have to carry that much of weight right now. So obviously, what you have as a body right now is just a transient amount of food and soil, isn't it? Hello? So what you think is mine also is not it. It is just all the time changing. Tonight, before you go to bed, spend at least 12-15 minutes reminding yourself you're neither this body, nor this mind. Just lie down and just remind yourself. This body is not really you. It is mine right now for use, but it's not really me. Just, if you're not able to do it, just link it to your breath. Inhalation, I'm not the body. Exhalation, I'm not even the mind. Just lie down for 12 minutes and do it till the last moment, till you fall asleep. There's something you must notice.