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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Sleep and the Immune System

On average most people sleep between 11 pm and 7 am. At least this is when my neighbors are required by Law to turn down their stereos so that I, Sleeping Beauty, can enjoy the restorative powers of a good night's sleep.

I think it's interesting that at these hours the Sun is passing through the lower left quadrant of the chart. At Sun Up, the Sun is passing into the 12th house. What a Hell of a place for the Sun to be when you're trying to wake up. No wonder Coffee is ruled by Neptune and is Addictive!!! Gawd, I hate the way Society is set up.

Anyway, I found a book that says that getting sleep between the hours of 3am to 7am, when the Sun is passing through the 2d and then 1st Houses, is very important for normalizing one's immune system. Of course, the signs that will be in these houses change throughout the year and do not reflect individual charts.

The book is called The Healing Mind: The Vital Links Between Brain and Behavior, Immunity and Disease by Dr. Paul Martin and the quote below is about a study of the changes in the Immune Systems of AIDS patients who slept during these hours:

"Even modest disturbances in sleep patterns can bring about measurable changes in the immune system. A study of healthy male volunteers found that depriving men of sleep for a few hours between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. was enough to lower the immunological activity of their natural killer cells by more than a quarter. A good night's sleep returned it to normal." (p.70).

Normally, people are advised to charge ahead with activities when the 1st and 2d houses are activated. Maybe this is unhealthy and people should actually be advised to rest instead. It sort of makes sense that one's day would begin when the Sun rises above the Horizon. But 12th House, man, not the best time for organizing one's day that's for sure.



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