5 Myths about sleep: Do not sleep over them
Founder’s Insights • 18 April 2022, 9:00 AM
#1 We leave our body
The essence of the Upanishad is – ‘I am the universe and the universe is in me.’ This means every experience has to be experienced within this body. We leave this body only once and not every night.
There is a far deeper mystical phenomenon that occurs during sleep. Sleep is like the story of ‘Cinderella.’ The party is over every day. We must go home (aa ab laut chale). Home? Where is Home? Home is where nature is. To reach nature, we first need to drop our minds and then witness all the emotions held throughout the day. We do that through what scientists call Non-REM stages of sleep. In the REM cycle of sleep, as we get back to our breath flowing freely, we begin to decode our subconscious, which is hidden in each cell of our body. We go deep into each cell where the subconscious links to the collective subconscious and the superconscious (nature).
In other words, sleep is an automated, well-regulated meditation process to connect to the intelligence coded in our body. In sleep, we only go deep into the body which is the home to our subconscious and carries the code of the purpose of our life.
#2 I do not have issues with sleep
According to Google, sleeping aids is a 67.8 billion USD market. You are a part of it. Sleeping around is excluded and that market is well captured by Tinder. Do not trust that you sleep well. You are ageing faster due to your sleep quality despite expensive anti-ageing measures, yoga, gym, and Botox. Bill Gates has taught us – when a system gets overloaded, it crashes. This is what you do. You crash when the burden of your mind cannot be any more handled by your body. This is because your mind has been consuming the oxygen meant for the body (read the article on Science of Oxygenation).
In such a situation, mind and emotions are suspended to give way to the body and you wake up with the same mind and emotions held by you the previous day. You are ageing faster because your mind does not reset. This is where you lose control of your mind and now your mind controls you (check yourself by taking the mental health diagnostics test). This is already the seeding of sleep disorders. The definition of sleep disorder is not confined to only being sleepless.
So, how to cure sleeping disorders? The cure for sleep and sleeping disorders lies in bringing small shifts in your rituals a few hours before you go to sleep and running a ritual exactly the way, you run certain rituals to start your day. This is how you cure even the most chronic sleep disorder.
#3 Sleep is to Rejuvinate
It is true, it rejuvenates. But to say that we must sleep to rejuvenate is to say water is wet. Rejuvenation is its nature and not the purpose. Over centuries, the whole science behind sleep got distorted and is reduced to seeing sleeping as a compulsion or a necessary evil.
Sleep happens to everyone. It is nature. It happens to people who are not fatigued and it happens to people who are bored. It happens to people who won a million-dollar lottery and also to the ones who lost all wealth in the stock market. It happens to a child and it also happens to a patient in ICU. It rejuvenates each one of them.
Sleep shall be taken as a reward. Sleep is best experienced if it is your biggest curiosity in the evening. Having lived the day as it was with its plus and minus, you finally rest the day with sunset and move towards celebrating the evening, looking forward to pampering yourself with a cosy sleep.
#4 I must sleep for 8 hours
This is the funniest thing you make yourself believe in. Yes, this is a great guideline to know but the number of hours of sleep depends on how loaded you are with your emotions and how active your mind is. An infant sleeps most of the hours because he does not have a thought or an emotion. An aged person does not need so much sleep because they have exhausted minds and emotions. A yogi stays in Yog Nidra throughout the day and night. Lovers remain in half-sleep state most nights and yet they do not feel sleep deprived through the day. A mother sleeps very less and yet she is energetic round-the-clock. It is a function of your lifestyle, which tells you how loaded your mind is and how many emotions are stuck in your consciousness. The lesser they are, the fewer hours you would need for sleep. Besides, the process to sleep starts at least a ‘prahar’ before you sleep. There is more to the science of sleep than this; but for the moment, get rid of the fixation that you need 8 hours of sleep.
#5 Non-REM and REM stages of Sleep
True. Perfect. This is the scientific view of those who went sleepless for decades to study sleep. However, they only know about the mind and are oblivious of the mystical phenomenon which sleep is. As normal mortal beings, stuck in a routine and the slavery of surviving, these stages are ideal scenarios but by now obsolete in their definition.
Our mind is far more complex and fragmented and, in many ways, far more organized and chaotic. Non-REM and REM stages can happen to us any time now during sleep.
We are not sent here to drive our car without the knowledge of the destination, possible routes, and GPS. All of it is coded as probabilities in the subconscious. The whole purpose of sleep is to take the file of the route taken through the day and compare it with the guidance of the GPS meant for the day. To be able to do that, we need to connect with our subconscious. To do that, we need to ground all our thoughts and emotions and be empty through the early stages of sleep. In the early morning hours (which science calls the REM sleep cycle) all insights are given to us by the subconscious. If the mind is empty, it is receptive and you will wake up with it.
Life is a guided and supported journey. The process of sleep is the process to connect with the GPS and the base station.