Following on from my previous blog, this is another perspective that I wanted to write about in the first place.
Studies? Experiments? Great. But don’t rely on them to the extent that you lose your common sense and your instinct. Things can certainly be examined scientifically, but not to lose sight of the answer that is staring at you in the face.
There’s a Mayo Clinic article here about how lack of sleep is bad for your health. And another on the BBC Health section. They talk about all sorts of clever stuff. There’s nothing wrong with that unless you deem it as the only way to determine what and how we live. We aren’t nocturnal, and we need to sleep, preferably at night because our eyes don’t work too well in the dark. We have artificial lighting in our homes and that gives us more control over when we sleep and don’t sleep. But bottom line? We are supposed to sleep at night. Night is when the sun goes down. And really, that’s it. Yes I know, we don’t live in the Jungle any more… what about the Winter when it gets dark early?… I need to get up for work when it’s still dark o’clock… etc. Well, we certainly do these things but as an animal that we are, it will impact on our health if we don’t sleep, because, we’re supposed to.
Why do we often lose our appetite when we get unwell? Because we’re supposed to. That’s it. Is there a clever scientific explanation? Probably. But it doesn’t change the fact that we’re supposed to. You hear phrases when you’re sick telling you to eat ‘to keep your strength up’. This is because when you’re well you eat, you sleep, you smile (usually) and you don’t cough, nor do you have a fever (to name but a few symptoms). So when one of these factors goes AWOL, like not eating, well meaning friends and family want you to eat because it restores that element giving the illusion of well-being. But you know without me telling you that it’s nonsense. You aren’t supposed to eat until your body tells you to. Nature has taken care of it already, like everything else.
Remember your body tries to eliminate waste all the time. Not just digestive waste, but cell waste. We’re all made of cells and each and every one of them are like little people, they need to eat and they need to poop. And that poop is generally acidic so it needs to be eliminated or it causes problems. In the same way that a baby develops a rash (acid burn) on its bottom if you don’t change it’s dirty diaper/nappy. If you get something in your eye, it waters to help eliminate what shouldn’t be in there. If you eat bad food you’ll either be sick or have diarrhoea. If you get a fever, it’s to kill the invading body. It’s all supposed to happen.
Also bear in mind that Western “modern” medicine only suppresses symptoms. If you’re sick, they have something to stop you being sick. If you have a fever there is medication to bring it down. If you have high cholesterol there is medication to lower it so next time you have a blood test there is an illusion that you have low cholesterol. There is little discussion as to the cause. Why you’re vomiting, why you have a fever, why you have high cholesterol.
We can live our busy lives, fly to the moon and destroy everything around us, but there’s a price to be paid if we lose a sense of our place in this world.
Remember that bear, she is supposed to be there.