The Myth of Sleep


The Myth of Sleep

Here’s some food for thought around sleep and how quality over quantity is better.

If you stress about not getting your recommended 8 hours beauty sleep. DON’T.  Latest research suggests that this is, in fact a myth.

In days when there was:

no electricity 

no facebook,

no blue light that switches on mysteriously during the night

no television

no email

no technology

sleeper44We slept from dusk to dawn.  People read or wrote by candle light and this didn’t over stimulate the brain as seen with computers and television.

Our ancestors slept in what is known as segmented sleep. Where the natural rhythm of sleep was: sleep for four hours, wake for two, sleep for four.  In the waking hours, it was custom to talk, read, have sex, meditate and pray.

The invention of the 8-hour sleeping recommendation was created out of necessity and convenience.  Some people can get so stressed as they lay awake at night about not getting their “8 hours”.  As the clock ticks away the more agitated they get.

It’s natural sometimes to wake during the night – it’s part of our natural sleep cycle.

If this happens for you, give yourself a break. Understand that it may simply mean that your physiology doesn’t fit the modern day mold. Use this time to meditate, my write and change the way we simply think about sleep. By changing our mindset it will help reduce our anxiety around it.

If you can recognise that:

  • Waking during the night is part of our sleep cycle
  • There are other ways to rest the mind and body
  • Shut off technological stimulation at least 2 hours before bed
  • Exercise before bed or even take a bath
  • Find your own natural rhythm and be ok with that. Some of us can structure our day around rest period. Young Mums, simply sleep when bub sleeps. Mums with young toddlers can implement quiet time.
  • If you’re drained and tired, treat yourself to consecutive early nights. It will change your life.  Seriously very healing and sooo good.
  • Regular bodywork can also help. Of course, Bowen, Tissue Salts and Flower Essences are the bomb for this.

Remember, getting sleep is simply the best, feeling rested is the penultimate. It’s not about how much sleep you get but the quality of it. Gaining quality sleep is better than the amount we get – the deeper it is the more rested we feel.

Sweet Flowery Dreams


Magnesium can also be a great supplement to help you settle at night – Check out My blog about this here.


1Tracy O’Meara Smith is a Holistic Health Practitioner. If she’s not working within her Perth Hills clinic, you’ll find her in the garden with her family, or in the bush soaking up the awesome flowery vibes. Tracy uses a combination of natural therapies such as Bowen, Emmett and Flower Essence therapy to help people gain the peace, relief and new perspective they crave.

Tracy works 1:1 with women, online and in her clinic, who suffer from chronic pain, insomnia, hormonal issues, and anxiety. Having two daughters of her own, she is unapologetically human, and through her own complex journey, she is sincerely motivated to leave this world a better woman. #peacenotpieces

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