I’ve been hearing a lot lately about this new thing called Sleep Hacking… Apparently it’s this new idea that’s taking city office workers by storm. The basic premise is that you cut down how long you’re asleep, by making sure you have better quality sleep over a shorter space of time.
The thing is, sleep is a natural thing. By trying to “hack” your sleep, you’re essentially trying to cheat nature; and that never ends well. Human beings need a certain amount of sleep in order to be fit and healthy. It’s true (as I mentioned in a previous blog post) that you do need less sleep in Summer – as we wake up from hibernation mode, there is more sunlight, which keeps you awake, and more movement. But we’re not talking several hours less here!
If you do a lot of pranayama breathing, this brings a lot of prana, or energy, into your body. Some yogis who practice this need very little sleep because of the amount of prana they are bringing into their bodies each day – but these are professional yogis, who have devoted years to their practice.
I’ve just come back from some time in India. When I’m staying in Rishikesh in the foothills of the Himalayas, I do tend to sleep less. It was here that many ancient yogis would practice, and this, coupled with the ancient Ganges, means that there is a lot more energy floating around. When I am staying there, I do more practice plus I am breathing in the fresh, untainted mountain air. This is what allows me to happily get along with only 6 hours of sleep per night; as soon as I leave Rishikesh and come […]