I’m reading a lot lately about the “Caveman” approach to everything from diet to sleep. According to current gurus I should eat a paleo diet, turn all the lights out after sundown, and run barefoot everywhere I go. But I gotta tell you, that doesn’t sound all that great to me.
I like modern life.
For one thing, cavemen had to hunt for what they ate…as in kill it. As in BEFORE it killed you. (And BTW, I hear all you vegans groaning and chanting “seeds and berries, seeds and berries!” But I will remind you that while you were gathering your seeds and berries, something might sneak up and eat you!)
Also, cavemen were nomadic. Like animals, they moved around to find food and water. And they didn’t know if they might wake up and find something that wants to eat them drooling on them.
And I will remind you that cavemen were barefoot because Thomas Beard had not invented shoes yet. It could very well be that, given the choice, caveman would have opted for a pair of Nikes, so he could outrun the giant thing that was trying to eat him.
I’m just now realizing that I apparently have a deep fear of being eaten by something.
The one concession I will make to the caveman is that he probably did sleep better than I do. Caveman was tired at the end of the day, probably from trying to outrun all the things that were trying to eat him. But he could most likely lay his head down on any available rock and doze off immediately.
It’s harder for us modern folk.
Sleep, these days, seems to be as elusive as a unicorn. (They had those in Caveman Times, right?)
But, there is a reason we don’t sleep well. We do a lot of things caveman didn’t do, like work 12 hours days, drink coffee until 10pm, and read by the gentle glow of our iPad.
In fact, research shows that the Blue Light produced by CFLs and electronic devices like computers and iPads is causing us to lose sleep. Blue Light suppresses the production of melatonin. Less melatonin in turn causes insomnia. Insomnia causes all kinds of trouble, from less productivity at work to car crashes
So it might be a good idea to turn off all the lights after sundown and let our bodies rest and produce some melatonin. I’m not sure what we would do as we sit around listening to crickets chirp in the darkness. I guess listen for the sound of danger approaching. Oh goodness, what if it’s that pack of feral dogs that roam the neighborhood at night coming to eat us? Aghhhhhhh! I’m terrified already something will eat me.
Okay, forget what I said earlier. I guess I’m not so different from caveman after all.