How Much Sleep?
Is it true that when you eat mostly raw food you don’t need as much sleep?
This question comes up a lot and I’d like to take the opportunity to set the record straight on sleep.
Here’s what cleansers need to know about sleep…don’t doze off now…
Purpose of Sleep
Let’s look at the purpose of sleep: the purpose of sleep is restoration and growth of the physical body and of the energy network of the body. This means that the extent to which new growth and regeneration are required is the extent to which sleep will be required.
Regeneration, a return to a life-generating state for all tissues and organs, including the brain, will be directly related to the extent at which the life-generating state of the body and energy field has been compromised. Compromise comes in many forms – but essentially it constitutes exposure internally, externally, energetically, mentally, and emotionally that takes one out of harmony (or acts upon us centrifugally). All disharmony (centrifugal influences) must be remediated in order for balance and harmony to be restored. This means all compromises must be PROCESSED. Sleep is where the necessary processing can happen. Therefore, the amount of exposure one has to centrifugal influences will be directly related to the amount of sleep one will require.
Now, you can imagine, that after a lifetime of centrifugal, compromising habits and engagements your sleep cycles should be very long and indulgent. When you start cleansing you will need a great deal of extra sleep. Post-successful deep tissue cleansing, you will require less sleep SO LONG AS you engage almost entirely in harmonious, centripetal activities: eating simply and minimally and remaining in a generally peaceful state. But maintaining such a high level of harmony in the modern world is very rare. Even those fully committed to the cleansing lifestyle are most likely interfacing with a world of catastrophic energetic patterns in the form of technological radiation, pollution and emotional stress.
Unless you’re living in your own little paradise without any of the drama of everyday life and relationships, work demands and myriad daily challenges that most people face, you will still need a good deal of sleep each night to remediate that gnarled up energy that has to be reordered overnight for you to be strong the next day, not to mention the restoration needed to regenerate your organs and clean your blood.
If you drink alcohol or smoke or consume starches, meats, nuts, oils or over-eat or if you have a particularly high stress load, you will need even more sleep! The more acidic the compromises, the more sleep required to neutralize it all.
The more often you can sleep for long 7-8 hour stretches at night the better (even as an advanced cleanser). And if you need 9-10 hours, don’t question it — your body is likely processing something important so go with it. You’ve got decades of compromises to process and when you’re beyond that, you’ve got your lineage’s compromises to process.
We Heal When We Sleep
Sleep is a treasure trove of healing. ‘Beauty sleep’ implies a particularly long sleep stretch which means that all the necessary remediation and processing can take place and then leave ample sleep healing time for the extras like added tissue regeneration, eye brightening, increased cellular elasticity, younger-acting blood, hair and nail growth, etc.
Your sleep patterns will likely vary along your cleansing path. Those who are not sleeping much are not to be envied over those who are sleeping seemingly excessively. If you are genuinely sleeping soundly and at appropriate hours of the night (cat naps may also apply for some of you at times when required or enjoyed) then chalk it up to deep healing requirements and partake!
Remember, anything you put into your body or into your energy field will need to be processed. That can be a lot of processing if you add it all up. We live in a very stressful world with much to process and neutralize.
Some of you may be thinking about your animals as well. Why then do your cats and dogs seem to sleep all the time? Remember domesticated animals will need far more sleep than wild animals. Their diets are unnatural, largely starchy and dehydrated, and they are also having to neutralize the energetic fields and stresses that their owners are internalizing.
Now you can doze off!
In loving service,