When you think of detoxifying your body, you probably don’t think “sleep”. You probably think of a juice fast, liver cleanse, or coffee enema. What you may be forgetting is another way your body detoxifies… during sleep.
Sleep is critical to a healthy body. Do you believe that? You might immediately say yes, but do you really believe it? What do you think of sleep? It is something you need or is it a waste of precious hours where you could be productive or be having fun.
Sleep is not just a state of unconsciousness.
“We spend approximately a third of our lives asleep. Sleep is an essential and involuntary process, without which we cannot function effectively. It is as important to our bodies as eating, drinking and breathing, and is vital for maintaining good mental and physical health. Sleeping helps to repair and restore our brains, not just our bodies.” Dr. Dan Robotham
First, that means by the time you are 90 years old you will have spent 30 years of your life sleeping. That much time, must mean it is important.
Sleep is as important to our bodies as eating, drinking and breathing. You can not go without food, drink or air for long; and you can’t go without sleep either. Most of us are sleep deprived, and it is causing a host of physical and mental problems in each of us.
How much do you sleep? In 1950 the average was 8 hours a night. In 2013 the average was 6.5 hours with 5 hours being quite common. Something is not right. Why would we need less sleep? We don’t. We have too much to do, and we don’t get how critical sleep is to our overall, optimal health. Therefore, we keep going to sleep later and later and getting up earlier and earlier.
So what can you do?
Prioritize Your Sleep and Plan It Into Your Day. When you realize sleep is important you need to plan it into your daily schedule. Decide when you want to go to bed. Then start winding down 1 hour to 30 minutes prior. Create a night routine to calm down your mind and body, then go to sleep. Studies show sleep before midnight is good and going to sleep between 10 and 10:30 is even better. Between 10 and 1 is when you get the most detoxifying effects of deep sleep. Read more about prioritizing your health. Download a Free Priorities Worksheet to help you prioritize your health and sleep.
Create and Keep a Consistent Sleep Schedule. That means going to bed and getting up at the same time every day of the week. Not a few days a week and not just on week days, but every day. Spend some time determining what is the best time to wake up. Work backward as to when you need to go to bed. The ideal amount of sleep needed is between 7 and 8.5 hours a night. If you aren’t getting at least 7 hours a night, you are more than likely sleep deprived.
Reduce Your Reliance on Sugar, Processed Foods, Caffeine after 2 pm, and Alcohol. These things are sleep disruptors. Even if you are sleeping, you may not be getting the most out of your sleep…restoration, detoxification (especially your brain), production of human growth hormones, and memory retention.
Get Sunlight and Exercise During the Day. Each has their own benefit, but both can help you sleep better.
Get Rid of The Snooze. How you wake will determine how you sleep. Trust me. Ditch the snooze. Whether you believe it or not, the “sleep” you get after your snooze goes off is of almost no benefit. It actually disrupts your circadian rhythm that determines how well and when you sleep.
There is so much more, but for now, work on your belief in the benefits of sleep. Do not let your sleep suffer. Realize sleep benefits you mentally and physically, so you can live a life of optimal health and age gracefully.
Sleep is one of the key components to optimal health. Prioritize it today and be ready for the sleep challenge soon.
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