Every­thing has a tem­per­a­ment: Ex­er­cise, sleeping, wake­ful­ness

Tehran Times - - LIFE & SOCIETY - By Seyed Mahdi Mirg­haz­an­fari, MD, PhD

TEHRAN — As thor­oughly ex­plained over the past four ar­ti­cles, every­thing in­clud­ing body or­gans, sea­sons, col­ors, day and night, fla­vors and cli­mates, and psy­chi­atric con­di­tions has a tem­per­a­ment.

As hu­man be­ings have a dis­tin­guish­ing tem­per­a­ment as well as every­thing around them treat­ing them in ac­cor­dance with their Mizaj would cer­tainly ben­e­fit them in that keep­ing a bal­anced Mizaj is the key to live a healthy life.

This ar­ti­cle will fully ex­am­ine the tem­per­a­ment of ex­er­cises, lack of move­ment, sleeping and wake­ful­ness.

Ex­er­cise, lack of move­ment

Mod­er­ate ex­er­cise would in­crease the heart rate and breath­ing (respiratory) rate, ex­crete sweat from the sweat glands which then evap­o­rates off of the skin, more blood is able to near the sur­face of the skin mak­ing the skin feel warm and look red and fi­nally make peo­ple of­ten feel so at ease and cheer­ful. All these are symp­toms of warm tem­per­a­ment which means tak­ing ex­er­cise would lead to warm­ness in the body.

But high-in­ten­sity ex­er­cise would drive the body to ex­ces­sive cold­ness, weak­ness, get­ting blue face or lips after ex­er­cise; more­over after heavy ex­er­cise heart rate would take much longer to re­turn to base which is not healthy.

Ad­di­tion­ally, as get­ting ex­er­cise would in­crease heat in the body the hu­mid­ity and other un­wanted ma­te­ri­als would ex­crete from the body through the bow­els or the skin which re­sult in dry­ness so tak­ing ex­er­cise would do much good to peo­ple with warm and wet Mizaj (san­guine tem­per­a­ment) who are stout, sturdy, and burly with mus­cu­lar body and also cold and wet Mizaj (phleg­matic tem­per­a­ment) who have cold­ness and wet­ness in their bod­ies. Although in gen­eral get­ting them is of ben­e­fit to ev­ery­one.

On the con­trary, lack of move­ment slow the metabolism and hu­mid­ity and waste ma­te­ri­als would ac­cu­mu­late in the body and drive the tem­per­a­ment to cold­ness and wet­ness which is ac­com­pa­nied by weak­ness, lethargy, obe­sity, and puffi­ness.

Cer­tainly com­pared to light and men­tal ex­er­cises such as swim­ming and chess, vig­or­ous and out­door ex­er­cises such as foot­ball, and run­ning have warmer and drier tem­per­a­ment.

In gen­eral, from Ira­nian tra­di­tional medicine point of view, anaer­o­bic ex­er­cises which con­sist of short ex­er­tion and high-in­ten­sity move­ment would mostly in­crease the heat in the body and won’t de­crease the wet­ness much so they best suit peo­ple with cold Mizaj and don’t help much in los­ing weight. On the other hand ex­er­cises which are of light-to-mod­er­ate in­ten­sity and can be per­formed for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time would de­crease the wet­ness and in­crease the heat in the body and there­fore those with warm Mizaj who want to lose weight would ben­e­fit such ex­er­cise.

Sleeping and wake­ful­ness

Sleep is a pas­sive, dor­mant part of our daily lives while wake­ful­ness is daily re­cur­ring brain state and state of con­scious­ness. Sleep is phys­i­cal and men­tal rest and wake­ful­ness is the state of phys­i­cal and men­tal ac­tiv­ity.

There­fore, the longer one stays up the drier and warmer their bod­ies get and the longer one sleeps the wet­ter the brain and the body gets and their tem­per­a­ment would drop lower. Ac­tu­ally while one is sleeping the body tem­per­a­ture drops mean­ing that the heat would move from the sur­face of the body and that’s why one might need a blan­ket dur­ing night. Dur­ing the day the heat would move to the sur­face of the body and the body tem­per­a­ture raise.

In any cases that one is forced to get less sleep (hav­ing to study for an exam, be­ing un­der men­tal pres­sure or hav­ing to fin­ish a project) the brain and the body would get warmer and drier so in or­der to con­trol the ex­ces­sive warm­ness or dry­ness in the body one should cut back on warm and dry food stuff. Ad­di­tion­ally tak­ing a short nap dur­ing the day (20 min­utes) es­pe­cially in warm cli­mates and sea­sons is highly rec­om­mended to them.

Be­sides, those with cold and wet Mizaj should not sleep much as long sleep would in­crease wet­ness in the body. Peo­ple with phleg­matic tem­per­a­ment should cut down on food items cold and wet tem­per­a­ment to sleep shorter and get up eas­ily and not hav­ing trou­ble wak­ing up. They had bet­ter wake up once or twice dur­ing the night so that wet­ness would not build up in their bod­ies.

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