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    Primalizing the bedroom...

    No, besides that.

    Mark talks about having candles when reading in bed and etc., but beyond that.

    I ran across the concept of Lunaception a few months ago (Lunaception by Louise Lacey) and not sure what I think about it. But, it got me thinking about how to mimic a sleeping environment that would have been common to our ancestors: outdoors.

    I put a Peace Lily in the bedroom a few weeks ago to improve air quality. Not sure if its doing much else. But its a hardy thing, thank goodness. Here in south Florida the weather is finally getting nice enough to open the windows during the day, so that helps with the air quality too (and my mango tree has been blooming, yum).

    But what else?

    My husband is a light sleeper, so he usually turns on an upright fan at night for white noise. Not sure if constant wind counts as primal though. But I was sitting in our "birdcage" this afternoon where the previous owner had left three table-top water fountain contraptions. They're nice on the porch, but not sure about their purpose there. But it got me thinking, would there be any benefit to having one of those waterfall things in the bedroom? The sound of gently running water is more soothing, I think, than the fan. And I remember reading something about waterfalls and ions once. Tried searching the internet about it, but found very little, and all that seemed like a bunch of woo.

    So, the moon, air, wind, fire, and water. Add crickets if you want (beyond a screen, please). How much effect do these things have on sleep and optimal health?

    This is a total brain rumination because I'm bored, so feel free to ruminate with me.

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    the crickets sporadic to constant chirping would be disturbing i think. they're loud when they're in the same room or nearby

    i use an air purifier for white noise. i'm not a light sleeper but little sounds can wake me up when i start to doze off. you could try the fountains with the fan on low, see how you both like it?

    candlelight to read by would be a big eye strain
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    I dont know about the PB bedroom, but I get on a feng shui kick now and then. Seems like water in the bedroom is not a good thing, but I could be mistaken. And I am not sure why either. It has been awhile since I read any of that.
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    Oh I love the idea of running water as white noise! I used to use a white noise type machine when I lived in the "city" for school, but being back home in the middle of nowhere it seems way too loud. Of course there are no crickets around here right now, as we have a couple feet of snow on the ground, but they might be tolerable depending on the person. The idea reminds me of sleeping with the windows open when the spring peepers are out. There is no other noise more primal feeling to fall asleep to, they are so soothing (IMO).

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    I sleep great when I hear crickets. Better than usual, I think.

    My gynecologist told me 15 years ago that if I had any trouble with my cycles, I should be sure to sleep in total darkness. This isn't voodoo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaGrok View Post

    My gynecologist told me 15 years ago that if I had any trouble with my cycles, I should be sure to sleep in total darkness. This isn't voodoo.
    Quote Originally Posted by zoebird
    lunaception is really awesome. I started sleeping in complete darkness about 10 eyars ago, and it definitely changes your sleep. this last year or so, we haven't had black-out curtains (it's on the list!), so it hasn't been the same. I'm much more 'fussy' at night (not sleeping as deeply).
    I don't understand lunaception very well, but aren't you supposed to plug in a night light during full moon? I can barely remember what day of the week it is, so keeping track of the moon too makes me twitch.

    My husband wants to get blackout curtains, but he still wants to sleep with a bit of light on. He tends to be bi-phasic (I, most emphatically, am not). I'm pretty sure he would think lunaception is a bunch of woo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarahW View Post
    I don't understand lunaception very well, but aren't you supposed to plug in a night light during full moon? I can barely remember what day of the week it is, so keeping track of the moon too makes me twitch.

    My husband wants to get blackout curtains, but he still wants to sleep with a bit of light on. He tends to be bi-phasic (I, most emphatically, am not). I'm pretty sure he would think lunaception is a bunch of woo.
    Yes, technically speaking, you use a nightlight for three nights -- just before full moon, at full, and just after, and then total darkness after that. Some peopel go so far as to have differing levels of light across the month to new moon, but I never went that far.

    The point is to have 'moonlight' for those three or so days to stimulate the body to regulate the cycle. It's particularly useful for women who ovulate shortly after menses, but have religious reasons to not have sexual contact, and therefore aren't able to conceive. This apparently moves the ovulation back to the right number of days (or more days post menses), allowing them to touch and thereby conceive.

    It does work. I just don't do that aspect myself. I just do the sleeping in darkness, and it certainly made a difference on my hormones (at some level, hence the better sleep).

    Also, he's free to think what he wants, but why does he need light just because he's biphasic? I'm often biphasic, but prefer total darkness even then. I just meditate.

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    lunaception is really awesome. I started sleeping in complete darkness about 10 eyars ago, and it definitely changes your sleep. this last year or so, we haven't had black-out curtains (it's on the list!), so it hasn't been the same. I'm much more 'fussy' at night (not sleeping as deeply).

    We do candlelight after dark, and we live near the water/harbor, so we hear the sound of the water all the time and it's lovely.

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    We have a pond in the backyard, an acre or two, and OMGosh, the frogs!!! I could probably sleep to it, but it drives DH insane. Can't hear them at all though with the door shut (to the deck)

    I have to have the ceiling fan on at night. DH isnt crazy about this either, but I get hot and cold all night long. It also helps block out little noises it seems, or maybe it just helps me sleep better and therefore I don't hear the other things. Like teenagers raiding the kitchen at midnight.

    I do have a fountain in my foyer, that I love, but sometimes it is too much and I have to unplug it. It carries upstairs and they don't like it as much as I do.
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