Having trouble sleeping well? Or do you wake up grumpy? Sadhguru gives us a few tips on how to sleep well and wake up well.
Sadhguru: How many of you find that one day morning when you get up, without any reason you're just feeling ugly for no reason? If it is happening even at least two, three times a year, if it is, then you must do certain things before you go to bed. It's very, very important.
Because unconsciously – you need to understand this – you can incubate a lot of either negative things or positive things in sleep. Either pleasantness or unpleasantness you can incubate very effectively uninterrupted in sleep. You can also incubate it in the day, but there is so many interruptions, it doesn't happen very efficiently. But if you have a tendency to go to bed in a certain way and you wake up in the morning really nasty for simply no reason, that means you're incubating things in the night very efficiently – bad eggs.
This is not just about psychological disturbances; it can cause major physiological problems over a period of time. It's important that you eliminate these things from your life.
Tips to Sleep Well
So before you go to bed in the night, there are certain things that you need to take care of. One simple thing can be just a shower. Always to shower before go to bed. It'll make a lot of difference. In this weather, maybe cold showers are difficult, so you go for lukewarm shower, don't go for hot showers in the night.
It makes you alert, so you will think, 'Oh, I cannot sleep.' It doesn't matter you'll sleep fifteen, twenty minutes or half-an-hour later, but you will sleep better because it will take away certain things. When you shower, it is not just the dirt on the skin that you're taking away.
Have you noticed, if you're very tense and anxious whatever, just a shower, you came out and feel like almost the burden has been taken away from you? Have you not noticed this? So it's not just about washing the skin. A whole lot of things happen when water flows over your body. This shower is a very rudimentary bhuta shuddhi because over seventy percent of your body is actually water. If you run water over it, a certain purification happens which is beyond cleaning the skin.
Meal Times & Sleep Times
It's best if you're eating meat and other kinds of meals, you eat at least three to four hours before you go to bed; the digestion is over. Before going to bed, drink a certain amount of water and go to bed; you will see it gets taken care of just like this.
Light a Lamp
One more thing if you want to do, you just light an organic oil lamp, okay? A cotton wick- don't use something else, a cotton wick – some oil, anything. What do you use here, normal cooking oil? Linseed oil, rice-bran oil or sesame oil, olive oil. Any organic oil with a cotton wick. Just burn one little lamp somewhere in the room where you sleep, you will see these things will completely disappear. If you can bring in a chant or there are nightly yogic practices. Before you go to bed, sit on your bed and do this practice. Or you want to do Isha Kriya, On the net it's available. You just do Isha Kriya.
Time Is Running Out!
Keep this in your mind that you are truly a mortal, okay? Not in words, really, you could fall dead right now. Yes or no? I'll bless you with a long life but it's possible that you or me could fall dead right now. Yes or no? Ah, you may be young, you may be old, it doesn't matter, you can fall dead right now. Yes or no?
Please be conscious of this – not to create fear, not to create paranoia, just to know the reality. If you know, "I am truly mortal and my time is so limited and I don't know when," if you are aware that you are mortal, you will have no time to be angry, you'll have no time to quarrel with somebody, you'll have no time to do anything that doesn't really matter to you. You will do only what you truly care for in your life, if you are conscious of your mortality.
Before you go to bed, sit on your bed and think this is your deathbed, you have just one more minute to live. Just look back and see, what you have done today, is it worthwhile? Just do this one simple exercise. Hmm? And you don't know, when it really happens, whether you'll be sitting on your deathbed or lying in a hospital, all kinds of things sticking into you, who knows how it'll happen? But enjoy this every day that you'll sit on your deathbed, look back and see, "Today, the way I've handled these twenty-four hours, is it worthwhile because now I'm dying?" If you do this, you will live a worthwhile life, believe me.
Keeping Things Aside
So, every day in the night, all of you should do this before you go to bed. Last three minutes, everything that you have gathered, the body, the content of the mind, things... Don't ignore small things, these small things are big things. I've seen how people are carrying their own private pillow because it's very important. So, your pillow, your footwear, if you have relationships, everything that you have gathered – keep it aside, sleep.
If you sleep in that condition, if you manage to sleep like that, you will wake up with something else altogether different. You will wake up with much more light, with much more energy, with much more possibilities than you have imagined possible. Just sleep as life – not as a man, not a woman, not as this and that. Keep everything down, simply. This is getting too easy – just sleeping sadhana? At least this you must do.
Don’t “Head North”
So generally in India they told you, you should not put your head to the north and sleep. Hmm? You are aware of this? If you put your head to the north and sleep during the night when you, when you are in horizontal positions then slowly the blood will get pulled towards your brain. When there is too much circulation in the brain you cannot sleep peacefully.
If you have any kind of, you know inherently weak aspects in your brain or if you are of old age you could die in your sleep. One can have haemorrhage because extra blood is trying to enter the brain where the blood vessels are hair like. Something extra is being pushed because of the magnetic pull. When you are in a vertical position, this is not so. The moment you become horizontal this pull on the head is so strong that slowly the blood tries to move towards the brain.
So to avoid this, this is true only in the northern hemisphere. If you go to Australia you should not put your head to the south. If you are in India you should not put your head to the north. You can put it any other way, it's okay.
Tips to Wake Up Well
Don’t Get Alarmed!
So what kind of sounds you come awake to will determine the context of the day and the future of your life in many ways. So coming awake to an alarm bell with a sudden start is not the best way to do your life. If your body right now, because of the kind of food that you consume and the kind of thoughts and emotions that you process within yourself, and the level of vibrance that you have managed within your body will determine how much sleep you need.
Let us say you need three... I'm sorry let's say you need eight or twelve hours of sleep – I was saying the wrong number – whatever amount of sleep you need, you know how much you need, so you go to bed early enough so that you come awake naturally. If you're coming awake naturally and suppose you have a doubt whether you will come awake or not, if you have a certain chant, if you have identified one of the vairagya chants you can use it.
The Right Side of the Bed
Physiologically, one important aspect of you is your heart. The pumping station for your blood circulation, which pumps life across the body - if this one thing doesn't happen, nothing happens - this starts from left side.
So we told you, you know, in India they have told you, when you wake up, you must roll to your right side and get up. Have they? Left side if you roll and get up, bad things will happen to you. Did they tell you? Bad things are not about that. When you are in a certain state of relaxation, when the body is in relaxation, the metabolic activity is low. When you get up, there is a certain surge of activity. That's why they told you in India.
See, all this things are built into your life, which you are throwing away. A whole science of living has been built into your life. They told you in the morning before you wake up, you must rub your hands together and see like this. Not see like this, you must place it upon your eyes. You do this, you will see God. It's not about seeing God.
If you rub these two things together, all the nerve endings, there is a heavy concentration of nerve endings in your hands. If you do this, the system comes awake immediately. You are feeling asleep, just do this and see, everything comes awake.
So morning before you move your body, you get it awake first and then place it upon your eyes. Instantly a whole range of nerves connected with your eyes and the other aspect of your senses come awake. Before you move your body, your body and your brain should be active. You shouldn't get up dumb, that's the idea. Do you understand?
So you do that and then roll over to your right and get up because it is at a lower level of metabolic activity, suddenly if you roll to your left, you will put pressure upon your cardiac system.
Wake Up With a Smile
Today, if all of us go to bed, by tomorrow morning, nearly a quarter million people won’t wake up. Natural death in the world. Suppose you wake up tomorrow - you’re guaranteed? Have you come with a guarantee card? No guarantee card? So suppose you wake up, let’s say. Just do this much, I’m telling you this is a simple first step to your spiritual process, tomorrow morning when you come awake, check you’re really awake or you’re dead.
If you’re awake, it needs at least a little celebration. You don’t have to get up and dance, at least you can smile – “Still on.” Quarter million people died. They were like you and me. Pupp they went off, isn’t it? Wherever you look, they’re not there. “Here I am still alive”- one big smile. Will you? I’m talking management. Then if quarter million people died, at least three to five million people lost somebody who’s dear to them. You check those three, four, five people who matter to you, all of them alive today, one more big smile?
If suppose right now, we put a gun to your head, will you think it’s a relief? No, you’ll be terrorized, isn’t it? So that’s how precious it is to be alive, isn’t it so? That’s how precious it is for you to be alive. So tomorrow morning a quarter million people died overnight but you’re still alive, does it not at least deserve a big smile, I’m asking you? And all the people who matter to you are all alive today - one more big smile.
Before You Sleep…
- Take a Shower
- Don’t Sleep Right After You Eat
- Light a Lamp
- Remind Yourself That you Are Mortal
- Keep All That You Have Gathered Aside
- Don’t Sleep With Your Head to the North/South
When You Come Awake…
- Avoid Alarms
- Rub Your Palms & Place Them Over Your Eyes
- Get Up On the Right
- And Smile!