Sleep. It’s one of the most taken for granted activities I know. It’s sometimes elusive. Parents of young children crave it. High powered business men resent needing it. Many politicians in history have looked upon the need for sleep as a weakness. Yet, sleep is one of the most important activities you can do for your body. People suffering from adrenal fatigue will benefit from sleeping more. Women trying to conceive are better of sleeping earlier and waking at the same time each day in order to balance hormones and establish healthy circadian rhythms which normalize ovulation and cycles.
Fun Fact:: Did you know you could lose 14.3 lbs. in one year just by sleeping one hour more? Hmm. One hour less on the treadmill, one more hour in my comfy cozy bed…. Do the math!
There is something to be said for getting your beauty sleep. The body repairs and detoxes during the night, while the body is at rest. The liver, for example, starts its restorative cycle at around 1am, so if you aren’t asleep by this time, the liver can’t do it’s job. This is one reason you wake up puffy in the morning, the liver hasn’t been able to do it’s “sweep”. The DNA, responsible for skin health, starts in around 2am and does its cleansing until around 4am so lack of sleep is partly responsible for premature aging.
The Ayurvedic practitioner that saved me from the plague many years ago gave me the advice that I should be asleep by 10 pm and wake before sunrise to achieve balance in my health and well-being. I find that when I follow this advice I do, indeed have boundless energy and I get sick far less often. Unfortunately, in today’s busy world, with familial demands, it is not always possible to get a full 8 hours, or even an uninterrupted 6 hours, still, whenever possible, even being in bed by 11pm and awake by 6:30 is better than not getting enough.
Fun Fact:: Did you know that 1 in 3 women were too sleepy for regular sex with their partner? Getting more sleep will, therefore, boost your sex life and strengthen your relationship.
The infographic above demonstrates the hazards of lack of sleep. For those of you with small children that don’t sleep through the night, I am sure you know the joys of napping. For all of you who have the luxury of uninterrupted sleep, these words are for you. Turn off the TV. Invest in a great bed, luxury linens, and perfect pillows, and GET SOME SLEEP. In the long run, your health will thank you. You will weigh less, be more alert, and probably save a lot of money on health related issues!!