Sleep Hacking

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 […]

By |April 6th, 2014|Blog, Sleep Facts|0 Comments|

Lack of sleep and brain damage

Science has proven that lack of sleep and insomnia damages brain cells. Anandi's view on recent findings.
By |March 29th, 2014|Blog, Sleep Facts|0 Comments|

Happy World Sleep Day

Anandi' give away for World Sleep Day, check it out!

Sleep and the menopause

Insomnia often turns up with the menopause. Anandi insists sleep is a question of balance and gives suggestions on how to cope with sleepless nights created by menopausal symptoms.
By |February 28th, 2014|Ayurveda, Blog, Sleep Facts|0 Comments|

Do you need more sleep in winter?

Sleep is even more important in the winter. Check out why!
By |January 17th, 2014|Blog, Sleep Facts|0 Comments|

The sleep cycle

Some people think they are either asleep or awake, but sleep is a much more delicate affair than that.  There are several different cycles that a healthy person goes through during the night.   We all know that even a minimum amount of sleep loss takes its toll on everything you do from your mood to how you handle stress. Sleep is not a luxury and you cannot afford to skip hours just because you are too busy with work or social life.  Sleep must be the one thing in our lives that gives us an abundance of benefits, yet all we need to do is sleep!  Sounds simple, but to some it isn’t!

Sleep isn’t simply a case of your brain shutting off, your brain in fact stays busy organising a number of biological tasks that keep you healthy.  Without enough hours to do so, your health will not only suffer, but your ability to concentrate and be creative.  When you are getting the amount of sleep you need, you will know because you’ll be feeling great and full of energy – all day!  Most people need about 7 hours of sleep a night, and I know that many of you don’t get that.  There seems to be a huge difference between the amount of sleep people survive on, and what is needed to be really well.  You will know if you are sleep deprived without falling asleep on your desk at work, you will be feeling groggy, unsociable and have very limited patience.

Let’s look at the two main types of sleep before we look at the sleep cycle.  Non-REM sleep consists of four stages and deepens as it goes.  REM sleep is your dream […]

By |January 5th, 2014|Blog, Sleep Facts|0 Comments|

Our dear heart!

The breath is the interface between your mind and heart, and you can’t get away from the fact that whatever is going on in your mind affects your breath and whatever the mind and breath are doing affects your heart.

Lets try an exercise a moment.  You will need a little timer, which you are going to set for 6 minutes with an interval bell at 3 minutes.

When you are ready with your timer, you are going to close your eyes and for the first 3 minutes you are going to take your attention into your head, no specific location, just into your head and mind.  Keep your attention there for the first three minutes and observe the breath.  Make a mental note on the depth of the breath, is it shallow or deep, do you feel relaxed or slighted agitated.  Where is the breath, is it in your upper chest or deep in the belly…just watch until the bell goes.

For the next three minutes you are going to move your attention deep into your heart, don’t do anything else, don’t try to change the breath, just observe and watch what happens to the breath.  Where do you feel the breath? Which part of your body expands as you inhale?  How are you feeling now?

You will probably have noticed that when your attention was in your head, your breath was shallow and only your upper chest expanded.  You may have felt agitated or on edge and did not know why. You may have felt like your breath seemed short and fast?

When you took your attention down into your heart, what happened?

One of the first things that may have happened is that you instinctively took a deep […]

By |October 6th, 2013|Blog, Sleep Facts|0 Comments|

What have chakras to do with sleep?

Firstly, when people hear the word chakra, they often dismiss it as being too 'woowoo', but listening to Deepak Chopra who is a major authority on eastern philosophy he has reported research that shows that there are different vibrational frequencies that relate to the chakras, so western science has proven that chakras exist, eastern science goes one step further and says that each chakra corresponds to different levels of consciousness.
By |September 11th, 2013|Blog, Sleep Facts, Sleep Tips|0 Comments|

Stressed? Watch the breath

"When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace" When you are stressed your muscles tighten up and your breathing becomes quicker and more shallow...We are all faced with challenges and impossible deadlines now and then and it's too easy to ignore the signs and pick up another Costa coffee instead of taking a deep breath! Deep breathing is the simplest tool that you have anytime you need it, all it takes is a deep breath.

The pranic breakfast club

Prana as I have said before, is our life force energy and does not only come from the air you breathe.  I already spoke about the environment and how you can loose your energy when around lots of people, especially people who are in a negative state of mind.  Now I want to combine being around positive inspiring people with healthy food and introduce my breakfast club!

Over the last 25 years of personal development, I have met some extremely inspiring women and some of those women have become very close peers.  Health has always been a hot topic of ours and when Hazel, my dear artist friend ( started inviting everyone for her broccoli breakfast, it became the highlight of the week.  It was bring a ‘broc’ to Hazel’s house!  It always starts with a green juice comprising of spinach, carrot, celery, cucumber, avocado, apple, a dash of Udos Oil (omega 3, 6, 9) and a teaspoons of greens powder.  We do a cheers with that while the broccoli is steaming, hummous is being pulled out of the fridge and the rye bread is toasted. […]

By |August 22nd, 2013|Blog, Sleep Facts|0 Comments|