Sleep - Is it Underrated?
Why is Sleep Important?
Sleep is one of the foundations of good health. Sleep allows the body the time and resources to restore, rejuvenate, repair tissue, grow muscle, and create life sustaining hormones. Good sleep can:
While some people claim they get by on 5 hours of sleep, we all really need 7-9 hours to allow our bodies to fully restore, repair, and rejuvenate.
Why Do I Wake Up at the Same Time Every Night?
Ever wonder why you always wake up around the same time every night or every morning? Perhaps the acupuncture meridian chart can shed some light on this question. According to the acupuncture meridian there are body functions/organs that are tied to waking up at specific times. It is believed that if you wake at the same time every night it could be related to dysfunction / disease with a correlated body part. See the quick list below:
Wake Time Acupuncture Meridian Emotion Related to that Meridian
11pm-1am Gall Bladder Frustration
1-3am Liver Anger
3-5am Lung Grief
5-7am Large Intestine Not Able to Let Go
7-9am Stomach Worry and Nervousness
Circadian rhythm also affects when we wake and sleep. Circadian rhythm is the 24-hour biological clock that governs human wake and sleep cycles. We were designed to wake and sleep by the sun and moon. When light hits our skin and eyes (even if they are closed) our bodies respond by waking from sleep. When the body perceives light the circadian rhythm of the pineal gland and the production of melatonin and serotonin is disrupted, thereby negatively impacting our sleep quality. It is also best to reduce Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) in your environment especially in your sleeping environment. Some research indicates EMF negatively impacts our sleep and other health factors.
Yet another possibility is that you may have parasites. It is known that parasites can disrupt sleep. Typically, parasites wake their hosts between the hours of 2-3am. Parasites are usually more active during those hours. That is when they eat, defecate, and procreate raising the host's stress hormones and thereby waking the host from restful slumber. Another sign that you might have a parasite is if you start to sweat upon waking or are drench with sweat when you wake up. If you find yourself waking during these hours, you should have your doctor order a stool test to check for parasites and fungal / bacterial infections. You may also work with an FDN for stool testing.
What are Good Sleep Habits?
Design your sleeping space to support good rest
Prepare the mind for sleep
Food and Drinks
Consult your doctor
Find out If your medications could be disrupting your sleep. Some medications, prescription and over-the-counter, may have negative effects on sleep. You can also visit drugs.com to get a full listing of the potential side effects of medications you are taking.
10/15/2016 09:30:47 am
Great blog on the importance of sleep! It is very easy to forget how important sleep is as we go through the our jam packed daily routines. I try to remind myself and family to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep. The tips and trips will help us. The site also promotes essential oils. Are there essential oils that support healthy sleep habits? A blog on how to use essential oils, not only for sleep, would be great topic in the future!
1/21/2017 05:50:27 pm
1/19/2017 04:27:14 am
I never go to sleep right after I’ve closed my laptop or phone, I always read a few minutes before as I’m more relaxed this way. Ideally I should be turning off all devices one hour before hitting the bed but let’s face it, that rarely happens so I’m choosing the next best thing, reading for 5-10 minutes before. The same goes for waking up; I make sure I don’t check my phone the second I open my eyes.
1/21/2017 05:53:17 pm
3/31/2017 07:33:52 am
I also enjoy screen time before bed, or sometimes I have to work using my computer very late at night. I had hard times falling asleep or feeling rested after to much screen time, then I started using the Blue Light Blocking Computer Glasses.
4/15/2017 01:03:52 pm
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