How are you doing on reading for the Healthy Living Reading Challenge?
August 2016 has been a busy month of getting my oldest off to college. It is his 3rd year, but he has his own studio apartment. Shopping was in store. Took him to college 10 days ago and my husband and I attended a 3-day weekend mini-retreat. My youngest started his senior year of high school. Since we homeschool, he has been working on his classes at home for the past few weeks to get a head start. He started one class at the local high school 3 days ago. He will also be taking one class at the local community college. It was our last first day of homeschooling. Feeling a little melancholy about it. It is all good.
I did read for the Healthy Living Reading Challenge. I picked the topic of sleep for this month. I love this topic. To me, it is one of the most fundamental things you can do for your health. I have done research on this topic and even have taught a 2-hour class on sleep tips. It will be my topic for Raising Healthy Families in September.
Michael Breus, PhD., wrote the book, The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Lose Weight Through Better Sleep. He has a new book, The Power of When, that is coming out in September. It is going on my to-read list.
Dr. Breus first gives the science behind sleep, then what happens when you sleep, and follows with special sleep challenges for women. The book continues with his plan for you to sleep better, including diagnosing your sleep deficits, rules for better sleep, creating a good sleep environment, and diet for sleeping better. I love that he also includes healthy recipes at the back for you to try. I will be trying Buckwheat and Red Lentil Pilaf on page 224.
Here are a few favorite quotes from the book with my thoughts after the quotes.
“Sleep is the necessary physiological function that keeps you alive.” page 6. Do you ever think about that? Do you just feel like sleep is a waste of time? It isn’t. It is a critical function of your body. Sleep is crucial if you want to be healthy and vibrant. Read more in Sleep to Detoxify Your Brain and Body.
“…think of hormones as messengers connecting various systems and command center of the body; they get produced in one part of the body by tissues and glands such as the thyroid, adrenals, and pituitary and then pass into the bloodstream for delivery to distant organs and tissues, where they act to modify structures and functions.” page 44. That is a mouthful, but it drills down to what hormones are. We talk about hormones, but do we understand what they are and do? This one sentence explains hormones in a nutshell. Sleep hormones are critical to your body and are affected by the quality and amount of sleep you get.
“Millions of women report at midlife, it takes longer to fall asleep and is harder to stay asleep. The result is daytime sleepiness, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and poor performance.” page 71. You are not alone. It happens. My clients all have had sleep problems attributed to midlife issues. There are things you can do about it. Don’t fall into the ‘it is normal so it must be healthy’ thoughts.
“The concept of sleep debt has you taking sleep out of your body’s bank account during the day and putting it back at night, but in truth, your body is more like a very sophisticated chemistry set. What goes into your body affects the functioning of everything else inside, especially your ability to sleep.” page 169. Read that again, what you eat affects your ability to sleep. Because we aren’t a robot how much we sleep affects what we eat. We must pay attention to the intricacies of bodies in the areas of sleep, food, movements, stress reduction and more to live our healthiest lives.
If you are struggling with sleep. I know few people who aren’t, then this book should be on your to-read list.