How well do you sleep? Do you have difficulty falling asleep? Do you wake up in the middle of the night? Do you stay up too late and get up too early?
We spend approximately one-third of our lives asleep. This leads to the essential question: why do we need sleep? What is clear is that quality sleep is a staple of optimal health. But even though we know this, many of us are not making time for quality sleep. Because of busy lifestyles, we do not truly receive the health benefits of sleep.
As we drift off to sleep, our bodies begin their night-shift work. This is the time when it detoxifies and clears itself of physical toxins and processes daily emotions. This is what we miss out on when we miss sleep:
Hormone regulation and healing of damaged cells
Restoring and boosting the immune system
Recovering from daily activities and processing stressful emotions
Recharging the heart and cardiovascular system for the next day
Sleep is a natural time for the body and mind to rest, reset, detoxify, and rejuvenate
If the body doesn’t get a chance to reset and rest, it starts the next day at a disadvantage. You may feel:
Drowsy, irritable, anxious, and sometimes depressed
Struggling to process new information at work with difficulty remembering or making decisions.
Craving more unhealthy foods, causing weight gain
Feel off and emotionally reactive
If this recurs night after night, it places a tremendous strain on the nervous system and body, impairing overall health. If you are not sleeping well or aren’t feeling rested when you wake up in the morning, it’s important to make lifestyle changes to support better sleep and find a routine that works in your schedule.
The truth is that inconsistent sleep patterns can be very discouraging and getting back on track can feel daunting. But with the right set of tools, it is possible to find and return to balance. We will talk about a simple and practical approach to balancing sleep cycles.
Our Focus for Discussion:
What is optimal sleep?
What happens during sleep?
Practices to fall asleep or resume sleep after waking up