the small things

That’s perhaps an odd title for a blog post about the benefits of sleeping naked.

I am a big believer that all the small things I do to decrease stress and to assist my body in feeling less pain add up to a much larger effect.

The article linked below from lists 7 benefits of sleeping sans clothing.  I copied portions of the article here and it’s worth the full read.  I think that numbers 1 through 5 are great reasons someone with RSD might want to add birthday suit sleep to their list of small things.

1. You’ll slow down the signs of aging and look more beautiful and youthful.

Sleeping naked in a room maintained at a temperature no higher than 70˚F (21˚C) stimulates the release of the anti-aging hormone called melatonin

2. You’ll feel happier and more stress-free.

That’s because sleeping naked boosts the release of oxytocin. Oxytocin (also called the “love hormone”) is a powerful feel-good hormone that is involved in orgasm and sexual responsiveness, combating stress and depressionreducing intestinal inflammation by improving gut motility, and blood pressure reduction

3. You’ll get better quality of sleep.

An Australian study found that some forms of insomnia can be provoked by improper body temperature regulation at night. Another study showed that the regulation of in-bed body temperature could significantly help in improving sleep quality and reaching deeper slumber

4. You’ll lower your cortisol levels and maintain healthy body composition.

Poor or no sleep is associated with the release of cortisol, or the so-called stress hormone, as well as hunger hormones that can trigger our appetite for comfort foods and thus lead to overeating…Because sleeping naked helps you get deeper sleep and keeps your body temperature at the optimal ranges, your body is better able to regulate cortisol

5. You’ll boost your immune system.

Moreover, increased oxytocin and reduced cortisol levels – both previously mentioned – contribute to a more robust immune system. Keeping these important chemicals at their optimal amounts in your body’s ecosystem by sleeping naked means giving yourself the best shot at fending off germs, viruses and other disease-causing organisms…

6. You’ll protect your lady parts from infections.

The vagina will get more ventilation, when you sleep naked, increasing its ability to stay dry and reducing the probability of fungal infection…

7. You’ll increase your virility.

This applies to men. Gentlemen, sleeping naked has been found to increase virility by keeping the testes cooler, which is why the testes are located outside of the body in the first place…

Link to full article:

Lifestyle Changes Bring Back Memory & Cognitive Function – A UCLA Study

I LOVE reading articles such as this one. Amazing…let’s hope that people are willing to try. So many people refuse to admit they play a role in their own health and chalk everything up to “it runs in the family.” I used to be one of those people.

“Ten memory-loss patients, some with brain-scan-confirmed patterns of Alzheimer’s, participated in a small UCLA trial called MEND (Metabolic Enhancement for NeuroDegeneration).
In the UCLA protocol, patients made dramatic lifestyle changes. They avoided simple carbs, gluten and processed foods. They increased their fish intake, took yoga and meditated. They were instructed to take melatonin, get adequate sleep, incorporate vitamin B-12, vitamin D-3 and fish oil.
Within six months, nine patients saw a noticeable improvement in memory. One patient, who was in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, did not show improvement. UCLA researchers say the findings suggest at least early on, changing a person’s metabolic processes can bring back memory and cognitive function.
Six of the patients of the patients in the study who had to discontinue working were all able to return to their jobs. Study authors say some patients were followed up to two and a half years and the memory improvements remained.

Qi gong for deeper sleep

I know that for a while RSD (and my highly activated nervous system) was keeping me from getting quality sleep. I was exhausted and went to bed early but I then woke up still exhausted. All I wanted was to wake up rested. The more I practiced qi gong, the more restful my sleep became. Here is an article on qi gong and sleep. Below it is the qi gong teacher and healer I have worked with for years. There is good information on his site and he also offers sessions over the phone.