It’s hard to put into words just how relaxing the look, smell, & sound of the ocean is...so naturally, I will try and sum up how relaxed my body/mind is out here in terms of my sleep data… ;)
If my Deep Sleep scores were ocean waves then over the past couple of weeks since settling into Thailand... I’ve witnessed an absolute TSUNAMI 🌊 (exhibit A 👇).
In fact, virtually every metric related to my overall health & wellbeing appears to have drastically improved out here:
-Resting heart rate is down by an average of -10 (that is HUGE!)
-HRV has doubled (which tends to be a good thing)
-Respiratory rate is down by -1.2 breaths per min
-Body temperature has fallen to an average of -0.6
It’s as if living on the water instantly calms me. And the changes in my psychology, show up in my physiology (or vice versa). Literally, as I write this on our airbnb terrace, listening/looking at the waves...it is doing something to me, but what??
Because, honestly: Why does the look, sound, & feel of the ocean seem to act as nature’s valium?
Here’s what I found down the rabbit hole:
1. There’s An Entire Book Dedicated To The Science Behind The Ocean’s Weirdo Calming Effects
Gift from the Sea: 50th-Anniversary Edition (Listening to this on Audible now...spoiler alert is that despite being published over 50 years ago, it feels incredibly timely [urgent!] in its reminder to make time for simplicity, solitude, & peace.)
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