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Sweet Slumber

Optimal sleep should happen without a struggle and on a consistent basis. If we do just a few things in our daily (or nightly) routine this can be done.

Do you skimp on sleep for work or school thinking you could get ahead, get more done? Night shift worker, insomniac, travel across times zones or just like to stay up to watching late night TV? You may be compromising quality of work and focus, maybe even the quality of life when you deprive yourself of quality sleep. Even the Centers of Disease Control states that lack of sleep is public epidemic, linking insufficient sleep to a variety of health issues. Being rested and getting quality sleep improves mood, productivity and overall vitality.

This article by Dr. Mercola stating that the importance of sleep cannot be over stated! Check out all the scientific facts these Nobel Prize winning biologist – Jeffery Hall, Michael Robash and Michael Young- uncovered. Amazing discovery of master genes that control your body’s circadian rhythms.

“Your body contains not just one biological clock, but a vast array of clocks that regulate everything from metabolism to psychological functioning. Over the long term, skimping on sleep — which is a surefire way to dysregulate your circadian clock — can contribute to a whole host of chronic health problems. It also raises your risk of accidents and occupational errors.”

Optimal sleep should happen without a struggle and on a consistent basis. If we do just a few things in our daily (or nightly) routine this can be done.

  • Lights! Expose yourself to real sunlight every day, morning to noon is the best times to help your internal clocks. Avoiding artificial lights when possible and LED screens. Turn down the lights or light a candle after sunset.
  • Exercising your body daily and turning down the evening and night time mental gymnastics.
  • Having a regular bedtime routine and a welcoming bed could make all the difference tomorrow.
  • Be careful of your caffeine intake. Be aware of stimulates in chocolate and other herbs. Take coffee vacations, one day a week or few days every month. Try less stimulating drinks like green tea and yerba mate.
  • Balance the blood sugar. Blood sugar spikes can disrupt hormones that help you sleep and the carbohydrates can make you naturally want to be more active. (Ever see a child eat candy before bed?)
  • Night time routines that calm include meditation, stretching and journaling.
  • Also be sure you plug in your electronics away from your sleeping area. Charging phone and computer disrupts sleep, emits “blue” light recognized by cells in back of our eyeballs and signals the brain it is morning.
  • While still needing to do more studies, the wireless and other electromagnetic forces such as those in smart phones and wifi routers may disrupt natural life processes. Such as these ninth grade students experiment on sprouting some seeds.

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