Research shows that due to lack of sleep the body’s sympathetic nervous system is adversely affected causing an increase in adrenaline – the fight or flight stress hormone. The fight or flight mode may be necessary when we are confronted with danger or a situation where extreme action is required. It is important to allow your body to sleep and rest. This is in order for your body to heal tendons, ligaments, cartilage, organs, tissue and cells.
Furthermore it is vital that you allow your body to have regular rest and allow the body’s natural inner healing process to take place at a physical, emotional and mental level.
Do you lie awake in bed worry about all you have to remember for tomorrow, next week and indeed next year? Keep a notebook close to your bed. When your mind starts to relive all the conversations and events of the day and then starts planning the next day’s chores and plans, simply jot down any main points you wish to remember. The brain is like a computer and as long as you are thinking, and planning, no information is being saved. Like a word document on your phone or computer write and type all you need and then hit the save button. The next day all that information is shown on your computer screen. Jot down the main points, tasks and plans for the next day. Your brain now knows this information is saved on the notebook pages and will not try remembering all this information.
We heal our body as we sleep
A good night’s sleep is almost a necessity when you want to be healthy and stay healthy. I’m sure you have experienced mornings following an erratic and disturbed night’s sleep and you have that morning after feeling of being out-of-tune with the world. You may spend most of the following day trying to stay awake and concentrate on your work. You may also feel irritable and lethargic when your body has been deprived of a good night’s sleep.
Have you experienced how alert and attentive you feel following an undisturbed six to eight hours of sleep?
Sleep is essential for the proper functioning of every biological process in the body. Every cell, molecule, tissue, organ, gland, and system needs sleep to stay healthy and functioning at its optimum performance. The sleep-inducing hormone melatonin helps the regulation of the body’s internal clocks and rhythms. Many other functions also take place when the body is relaxed and allowed to sleep. Research has shown that it is during these very relaxed sleep states that many of the body’s natural healing processes kick into action.
Tips that may help you to get a good night’s sleep
- Try to cut down or eliminate alcohol intake particularly before sleeping. Alcohol is a stimulant not a relaxant. It might seem that you sleep better after some alcohol intake; however the body may be forced into a sleep pattern which is not the same as a naturally healthy normal sleep pattern. A normal natural night’s sleep is necessary for the body to replenish and revitalise cells.
- Regular daily exercise can be very beneficial. There is substantial evidence that regular daily exercise may help to improve sleep. This can lead to a more restful healthier night’s sleep and in turn may help with problems such as insomnia.
- Research shows that it is best not to consume food for at least 3 hours prior to going to bed. During sleep the body has many bodily functions to perform necessary for rejuvenation. Processing and digestion of food may lead to additional work for the organs and glands leading to restlessness and a disturbed sleep.
- Create a bedroom environment that is conducive to achieving a good night’s sleep. What do you need to do to create and enjoy a great night’s sleep? You could try some nice subdued lighting, and reduce levels of noise if possible. Feeling warm and comfortable and safe in bed is important. Perhaps you like to read for a while which might help to tire out your eyes, or maybe you like relaxing music playing softly in the background.
- Do what you can to avoid having electrical or electronic apparatus or equipment in close proximity to your bed. There is much research showing that the radiation from mobile phones, computers, and TV may have a damaging affect on your health, particularly if these are close to your body as you lie or sleep in bed at night.
- It may be worth checking to see if you are affected by Geopathic Stress as a possible cause of disturbed sleep. Geopathic Stress can be caused by underground streams or rivers, wells, springs, underground rock formations or disturbances, overhead power lines or electrical transformers, Ley lines, or more subtle sources such as negative energies.
- Last but by no means least, prepare and look forward to a good night’s sleep. Stress and anxiety reduction exercises, therapies, or CDs may also help to prepare the physical, emotional and mental bodies for a regular, deep and healthy night’s sleep. If it’s a person or situation that is constantly preoccupying your thoughts, you could try the thought-stopping exercise.