Wind shapes stone. Muscle shapes bone.
It is remarkable how small forces over time shape the bones of the body. The golden lotus was the most prized of bound feet in Chinese culture. Look in the mirror and smile: one's golden lotus is another's golden jaw.
The untrained eye may focus on the fly perched on the gentleman's nose, but the trained eye of a somnologist notices something different: the pillow. It is, as most are nowadays, large and excessively raises the head but also, unfortunately, the shoulders and back, which should be kept straight.
Parents ask me for advice on how to help their child sleep. An awkward pause ensues as I contemplate how to explain to them the concept of a cradleboard.
When we first stepped foot on Ellis Island, we did it, for the most part, with lips closed. Take a moment to look at your class photograph. It's disheartening what has happened to us since.
There is a proper way to eat, and the gentleman is doing it perfectly. You too should lay down your knife and fork and let the muscles of the jaw bear the full brunt of mastication. Good behaviors at the dining table result in good outcomes in bed.
You may not recognize him, but this gentleman has unwittingly improved the sleep of millions of people in the world. Meet William Wrigley Jr. In a sea of slush, he produced a product with an ideal masticatory effort per calorie. Chew gum and sleep well.
It is not the monkey you should pity. It's sad to take an animal from nature, confine it to four walls, change its diet, and force it to sit in unnatural positions. Yet that is what we have done to ourselves. Domestication is degradation.
People often ask me how they can sleep better. At the risk of seeming cryptic, I tell them the truth. Think different. Let go of what you know and fly into the unknown. Then, and only then, can you sleep and live better.