For healthy and longevity, ayurveda recommends going to bed early (sometime between 9 and 11 pm) and rising early (sometime between 4 and 6 am). These are just average times. The idea is that your internal body clock responds favourably to this ‘natural’ behaviour. Modern studies back this up and show that staying up late, and sleeping in both lead to health problems.
Well, I have decided this week, being the first week of the French school holidays, to test out a 5 day trial with my whole family. As of tonight we are ‘camping out’ in our veranda, under the stars. The rules are quite simple: et into bed when it gets dark outside, no light or candles, so no reading. We’ll just stair at the stars until our naturally heavy, tired eyes carry us into a deep sleep. And at the other end, when we wake in the morning, there’ll be no alarm clock, just the natural sunlight and sounds of nature as she wakes up. This will be especially interesting for Sharon, my wife, who is a bit of a night-owl and not convinced that her body can adapt so quickly (nor should it adapt).
It is true that some 5-10 % (I forget the exact figure) of the population are genetically wired to wake 1-2 hours later than average, and subsequently, find themselves naturally sleepy 1-2 hours later than average.
I often have some clients who work late into the night, have a disturbed or light sleep, then wake tired, or sleep in. I advise them to shift there working hours from late evening to early morning. In effect, they get the same hours work time but also optimise their inner body clock.
Anyway, I will keep you posted over the next five days and let you know how we find it. If you feel like joining in, or sharing, please feel free.