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Paleo Ayurveda and Spartan Yoga - Vie Binga & Tim Ganley EPISODE 58, 31st October 2019
Sleepy Time Continues
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Sleepy Time Continues


  • The Ancient Greek god of sleep is Hypnos
  • This is where the word “hypnosis” comes from
  • Hypnos is the son of Nychta (night) and Erebus (darkness)
  • Thanatos (death) is the twin brother of Hypnos
  • According to Homer (not Homer Simpson :-) ) Hypnos lived on the Greek island of Lymnos which is still in existence today
  • Hypnos’s wife is Pasithea given to him by Hera the wife of Zeus
  • Pasithea is the goddess of relaxation
  • Morpheus, one of the main characters of Matrix was inspired by the ancient Greek god Morpheus, Hypnos’s son: https://amzn.to/2JDXOfh
  • Morpheus shapes our dreams
  • According to the stoics, when going to sleep we need to be indifferent about the past and about the future
  • The Roman god of sleep is Somnus
  • The word insomnia comes from Somnus
  • The Norse goddess of night allowing for sleep is Nótt
  • Voluntary discomfort is highly recommended by the Stoics for good sleep
  • Voluntary discomfort helps you create order through chaos
  • The stoics say we need to find the dynamic balance between passion and dispassion
  • They recommend learning to persevere
  • Create voluntary discomfort through occasionally sleeping on the floor
  • You cannot become a stronger human being by avoiding stressors
  • There are many versions of a "Controlled Environment", and not all of them are conducive to making you stronger
  • How immune are you to stressors?
  • A very interesting book about barefoot running and Greek history is Natural Born Heroes: https://amzn.to/2BYuKen
  • The key for long term success is to implement baby steps of voluntary discomfort 
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