Sleep – the wondrous restorer
“I toss and turn all night long!” Her face was pale, tired, drawn. She looked old beyond her years. The lovely brown eyes, which should be laughing and full of fun, were serious, anxious and bewildered. “I can’t stand another night of not being able to sleep. I can’t even fall asleep at the moment”, she lamented. “As the night approaches I tense up with apprehension of not being able to sleep. Don’t you have something natural to help me? I don’t want to take sleeping pills. I’ve tried them once. They worked well, but I always woke up feeling un-refreshed. My mouth had a bitter taste for hours into the day. I am also worried that I would become dependant on them and that I would have to use them for years to come. What about the long-term side effects of taking sleeping pills?”
Her voice trailed off into an expectant silence. Her need was clear. She wanted to sleep. I had to produce a potion which would do it!
Sleep disturbances are very, very common. Daily I have people telling me a similar story, with their own slight variations. A process which should come so easy has now become the focus of many lives because it just does not happen that way any longer. Why? To sleep is a process. Just as the body knows to make ‘wake up’ chemicals, similarly, it is able to product relaxing and ‘going to sleep’ chemicals. The pineal gland, which is situated in the brain, plays an important part in this process. The pineal gland is sensitive to light, hence it has the ability to “know” which season of the year it is and also what time of day it is. In the winter, when days become shorter, and sunlight poorer, humans have a natural tendency to want to sleep in, finding it difficult to awake at 6 in the morning, to go to work while it is still dark. In summer however at 6am the sun is up, with the result that it is difficult to keep on sleeping, even after a late night! The body’s own regulating hormones will be activated by the bright light, resulting in the production of hormones to get up and go!