Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Human Body and Sleep During a Prolonged Power Outage

Sleep can be a mysterious creature. There are times when it creeps up from behind and conscripts your conscious mind, rendering you seemingly unable to function while doing normal ordinary daily activities but under the cover of darkness, it often leaves one sitting alone in the vexing obscurity of the night while the mind recounting the days activities screams for attention.

We humans are so very out of sync with our own bodies rhythms that most of us have never realized that the body even  has bio-rhythms like all other life on this planet. We are not exempt. If you can understand this concept before the power goes out, you are likely to fare better than those that can't.

For a better understanding of how simply walking on this planet can have a profound effect on your body, from Truth Theory website:

"Human regulatory systems are designed to adapt to daily and seasonal climatic and geomagnetic variations; however. sharp changes in solar and geomagnetic activity and geomagnetic storms can stress these regulatory systems, resulting in alterations in melatonin/serotonin balance, blood pressure, immune system, reproductive, cardiac, and neurological processes."

From the heartmath website:

"When the earth's magnetic field environment is disturbed it can cause sleep disturbances, mental confusion, unusual lack of energy, or a feeling of being on edge or overwhelmed for no apparent reason."

So what does that mean? It means we humans have a symbiotic relationship with the earth and cosmos and everything in between whether we believe it or not. Science has the empirical evidence to prove that we are affected and effected by that which is all around us.

Imagine the year is 1589. Your choice of any where on the planet, just for shits and giggles. It's 3:00 am, what are you doing?
 TV and movies would have us believe that people slept when the candle burnt out and woke when the sun came up. Not so say researchers. Science has discovered that early humans slept twice a night, usually within a 12 hour period. This range of 12 hours, began with a sleep of three or four hours beginning at dark of the night. Then wake up, sit around a fire, tell stories, a perfect time for study and contemplation,  make love, eat or drink a little something and then hit the sack again until morning.

Sometime in the 1990's a psychiatrist, Thomas Wehr conducted  research using fifteen participants restricting artificial light for four weeks to study the effects of light on sleep patterns.

To get to the chase of the study; at first participants slept huge chunks of the night time hours, likely making up for our modern lack of sleep times. Once they had adjusted, they began to have two sleeps just like our ancestors.

"Over a twelve hour period, the participants would typically sleep for about four or five hours initially, then wake for several hours, then sleep again until morning. They slept not more than eight hours total." The average being 6.5 hours total.

"The middle hours of the night, between the two sleeps, was characterized by unusual calmness. This was not the middle-of-the night-toss-and-turn that many of us experienced. The individuals did not stress about falling back to sleep, but used the time to relax."

Exploring the withdrawal effects of a long term power outage on the family.

Powerful electrically charged ions from every form of electronic device imaginable bathe us every single minute of every day. Until, one day the power goes out and it isn't there. Initially, after the shock of not having power wears off, the body feels relief. Almost an "Ahhhhhhh."
The blanket of man made frequencies interfere with our own bio-rhythms like a cheap wine. Over time these frequencies keep us drinking it in, saturating our finely tuned senses until eventually, we are addicted.  Will humans go through some sort of electronic drunken withdrawal when the power goes out? Let's explore this. . .

To begin, let's see what the experts have to say about Wi-Fi for instance;

From The Global Healing Center 

"Have you ever felt more awake after using wi-fi or even struggled to sleep through the night? Reports of these phenomena have been frequent and even prompted a study in 2007 that evaluated low-frequency modulation from cell phones and its impact on sleep. Participants were exposed to the electromagnetic signals from real cell phones or no signal from fake phones. Those exposed to the electromagnetic radiation had more difficult time falling asleep and changes in brainwave patterns were observed."

Of course, the cell phone industry won't tell you this. So let's do our own experiment and discover it for ourselves.
How do you feel after a few days way far out into the wilderness?
Do you become irritable without a cellphone signal?
Do you become obsessed, needing to look at your facebook messages?
Are you having a hard time falling asleep without the noise in your head?

You may, in the first couple of days, experience one or all while you detox your system from all those electrical ions. How are the kids doing? The younger ones in your group should have very little problem and will most likely benefit from no electricity within a short time. But the pre-teens and older teens should be about screaming and hysterical within a few hours of not having Wi-Fi, a cell phone, computer or electricity in general. "Mom! How am I going to take a shower? Mom, do something!" Oh, yes, but we'll save that one for a later date.

An article on CBS news website;  According to Dr. Michael Dow, an addiction expert, says; " too much smartphone use not only cause people to disconnect from reality, but smartphone withdrawal can cause physical symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, and even depression. It can actually create a lot of cortisol in the brain and in the body that stress hormone is actually cardio-toxic," he explains.

"With the internet, twitter, and texting you now have almost instant gratification of you desires to seek. Want to talk to someone right away? Send a text and they respond in a few seconds. Want to look up some information? Just type your request into google. . . It's easy to get in a dopamine induced loop. Dopamine starts you seeking, the you get rewarded for the seeking which makes you seek more. It becomes harder and harder to stop looking at email, stop texting, or stop checking your device to see if you have a message or a new text."

So, we can see sudden withdrawal of electronic devices can cause sleep deprivation during hard times. Won't take much of an imagination to grasp where there could be much contention within the group only a few short hours into a power outage.

What can we do?

To mitigate some of the negative effects of electric device and power withdrawal, an old idea has become new, again. It's is called Earthing or Grounding.

Earthing can be as simple as walking in the grass on a warm sunny day, barefoot. When was the last time you saw a depressed gardener standing in the middle of the garden with his toes in the dirt? The soil in which the gardener digs has enzymes.  When these enzymes touch the skin they create an anti-depressant molecule which the skin absorbs. Cool, eh? God thought of everything!   15 minute video "Down to Earth"

You have got to get your hands and feet dirty. Sleep on the ground (in a tent, of course) for 7 days and you will be totally convinced! I am 64 years old and I sleep on the ground when ever I can, weather permitting. It is amazing what it does for me. After the first few days of having a difficult time getting up off my sleeping pad in the morning, I miraculously find myself energized and having much more vitality by the end of the week.

Humans and the earth share the same 7.83 Hz. resonance or close to it. It's called Schuman resonances after the physicist Winfried Otto Schuman who discovered it. This vibration is considered the natural state of everything.

And all this is contingent that you are not being looted, vandalized, or chased by thugs. Crappy weather can put a damper on sleeping in a cave somewhere too, but this to is for another subject.

You can find more on sleep issues in section 6  How to Survive and Thrive When the Power is Out:

Sleeping When the Wind Blows

Getting a Good Nights Sleep

Making Sleep Pillows

Herbs that will Induce Sleep

Lessons of a Long Winters Night

Section 15 describes a way to use Hot Rocks to sleep comfortably on the cold hard ground, all thanks to Mrs. Cave mom. And section 17 helps you get a fire started outdoors.