Having a little time, a couple of days ago, I went to a walk through my town. As usual, I spent a lot of this time in bookshops. First, I checked the stand of personal development and growth books to see what’s new. So I saw a book of Deepak Chopra about sleep.
In his book, he develops the following idea: the overstimulation of senses lead to insomnia. Even if the book covers a larger area of ideas and problems, this idea catches my attention.
I think that in our century the overstimulation (through our media devices, cars, gadgets, etc.) of our hearing has become a problem. Have you ever had a pain of ears because of earplugs? However, it isn’t the big problem. There is one sense that I think we overstimulate – the sight sense.
The sight overstimulation, like hearing sense, has as the background our civilization and culture. Our sight is overstimulate through our technology products, such as screen-based media devices. In our century, the IMAGE has become the king and our SIGHT is the slave of it. This process of slavery has begun with Television and now continues with Computers and Internet. They are not bad in themselves, because they are sources of information and democracy, but our overuse or wrong use make us their slaves.
There is a big difference between eyeing very concentrated a PC screen and watching for a long time a natural landscape. First lead to exhaustion, the second to relaxation of our sight and mind.
If we are able of great concentration when we read, surf the internet, or do something that interest us but don’t take breaks during these periods of concentration, then this will lead us to exhaustion.
Sleep is compromised if, in the evening or before bedtime, we overstimulate our eyes through:
- working or reading on PC;
- watching TV;
- even if we read a book very concentrated and without breaks;
- don’t work or read on PC, in the evening or before bedtime;
- take many breaks;
- buy an LCD monitor;
- don’t watch TV, in the evening or before bedtime;
- work/life balance;
- don’t eat too much before bedtime (overstimulation of taste);