Are you getting enough to stay well?
When we are looking at improving
the quality of our sleep, our Wellness Retirementor, Joni Peddie, urges us to
get back to the basics of science, biology and understanding our body.
Why is getting sleep – regular, deep
sleep – so important?
As with almost all creatures, sleep
restores the human body, mind and spirit.
What stress, constant demands and turbulent emotions deplete us of
daily, can be replenished by a good night’s rest.
“Sleep time is a busy time. Your brain needs
to flush out the toxin buildup from the day. Each and every day, while you go
about your business, beta amyloid (a toxin) builds up in your brain. To flush
out these toxins (which research tells us leads to Alzheimer’s), your Pineal
Gland in your brain needs to produce melatonin.
here’s the problem: As the sun sets, we switch on our office and home lights,
and continue on our laptops or watch TV. We have become ‘multi-taskers’, doing
all of this while answering WhatsApp messages and emails on our mobile phone.
may not realise that our brain detests all of this ‘after dark’ activity!
Biologically we are designed to rest and digest after sunset. However, this seems
impossible these days as we live and work in the new era of the Fourth
Joni advocates “rebooting the brain
before you go to sleep.” How do you do
off all devices two hours before you go to bed. If that’s impossible for you,
then wear amber
tinted glasses to block out the blue light that tells your brain NOT
to produce melatonin.
“Start taking note that insufficient sleep
affects your overall health and makes you prone to serious medical conditions (obesity,
heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes). In fact, night shift work is
now known as a carcinogen (cancer causing). Given all this knowledge it is
surprising that we do not know how to prioritise our sleep! We go on courses or
read about time management and productivity tricks to make our lives run more
smoothly, but give little attention to our evening ‘time management’ and the
necessity to detox our brains.”
Joni concludes: “Remember that you
are aiming for uninterrupted sleep. High quality, restorative sleep improves
our brain function, aids muscle recovery, boosts longevity, balances our
hormones, and protects our hearts and lastly fights fat.”
This short clip (click here)
answers some of our ‘sleep’ questions:
- How much sleep do I need?
- Can I ‘catch up’ missed sleep?
- What happens to my body when I don’t sleep?
If you are regularly missing out on
uninterrupted, deep sleep, now is the time to become intentional about changing
that. The benefits of good sleep cannot be emphasised enough.