Moodscope's blog

2

September


A Lie About Sleep. Monday September 2, 2013

One of the best ways to stay on top is to get enough of the right kind of sleep. Sometimes this simple luxury can evade us. Our minds can lock onto a persistent thought like a bored puppy chewing its basket. The harder we try, the more elusive the rest becomes.

Years ago, I learned a lie about sleep that has helped me. The 'lie' was a mistaken observation on physiology. The proponent suggested that the left nostril oxygenated the right hemisphere of the brain, and the right air canal stimulated the left hemisphere. (Physiologists tell me this is nonsense.) The idea was that lying on your side would naturally restrict either the left or right air canal, and so drive activity to the opposite cerebral hemisphere. Since the right hemisphere used to be associated with imagination, the simple act of lying on your right side would occlude the right nostril, open up the left, which would then cross-over to stimulate the right hemisphere – giving you more imaginative dreams! Don't worry, there won't be a test, and it isn't true anyway, but it is useful.

Why is it useful? Well, because it works as a strategy. If you want to change your dreams, 8 times out of 10, just rolling over onto your other side will shift your thinking, your dreaming, and hence your sleeping pattern. If I have a troubling thought pattern, or a bad dream, I now have evidenced-based faith that changing my physical position will change my mental position.

The same works for daydreaming! If you're stuck in an unhelpful pattern of thought during the day, changing your physical position forces a neurological shift too. If you want to change your mind, change your posture! So, next time someone says, "What's your position on this?" you can smile and know that you can change your position on anything at any time!

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment on our Blogspot:

http://moodscope.blogspot.com/2013/09/a-lie-about-sleep.html


Permalink  |  Blog Home

Comments

Anonymous Mon, Sep 2nd 2013 @ 8:23am

This isn't related to this post, but to the card turning process. Is anyone else having trouble not being able to put an explanation when clicking on the dot, it happened yesterday as well? Thanks

Anonymous Mon, Sep 2nd 2013 @ 10:25am

I found this, I just waited a few seconds and tried again, it seemed to work.

Andy Jaeger Mon, Sep 2nd 2013 @ 10:32am

Fortunately, things don't have to be "true" to stimulate interesting thoughts! As a long term left hand side sleeper with richly imaginative dream life, I found this really fascinating. My body has got so used to falling asleep on my left hand side, that I find that I'm on my right right hand side, I'm awake for hours! If anyone has any tips to change this quirk of habit, I'd be very grateful. But in any case, you're right that our bodies and our minds are intimately connected - just looking up at the sky can make all the difference to your mood.

Caroline Ashcroft Mon, Sep 2nd 2013 @ 12:34pm

Hi there, I think there may be a problem. Could you email us directly with the operating system and browser you are using and I'll get the programmers to take a look.

Many thanks.

SallyAnn Hay Mon, Sep 2nd 2013 @ 9:05pm

This one is really cheerful and helpful. Thank you.

You must login to leave a comment.

What is Moodscope?

Moodscope members seek to support each other by sharing their experiences through this blog. If you’d like to receive these daily posts by email, just sign up to Moodscope now, completely free of charge.

Moodscope is an innovative way for people to treat their own low mood problems using an engaging online tool. Anyone in the world can accurately assess and track daily mood scores over a period of time. We have proved that the very act of measuring, tracking and sharing mood can actually lift it. Join now.

Blog Archive

Disclaimer

Posts and comments on the Moodscope blog are the personal views of Moodscope members, they are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. Moodscope makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this blog or found by following any of the links.

Moodscope will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. The owner will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.