The Science of Natural Sleep - Lynda Bateman
Have you been getting a good night’s sleep? If the answer is meh, then chances are you’re not paying attention to what you’re doing during the day.
As humans we are not always in sync with our sleep. Environmental factors intrude on rest, disturbing our usual circadian rhythms. Additionally, anxiety, caffeine drinks, alcohol, work schedules and jet lag all play havoc with this ancient inner clock.
When we were young, sleep was easy. We didn’t think about it, it just seemed to happen. As we age, we form disruptive patterns that get in the way of sleep. As mid-life approaches, work schedules, family obligations, diet or health issues compound and cause sleep issues. All of a sudden, sleep becomes a problem. Let go, occasional sleep disruption can quickly turn to chronic fatigue and finally, illness.
The reason we find it difficult to find our natural sleep patterns again after long periods of exhaustion is due to deep changes within us, sometimes at the cellular level. Additionally, whether we realize it or not, the deck is stacked against us as we are up against forces bigger than ourselves.
Chronic fatigue profoundly effects our circadian rhythm, or ‘The Great Clock’ that eternally ticks in time with the cycle of all life. It is a powerful force and when we fall out of sync with it, we pay a big price. Researchers in the study of gene expression reported that circadian rhythms govern a large array of metabolic and physiological functions and are generated by an intrinsic cellular mechanism that in-turn controls a large range of physiological and metabolic processes. So, in essence, when we lose sync with our sleep clock, a whole range of health issues can crop up.
HOW DO I FIX MY BROKEN SLEEP CLOCK?
There is a lot we do to ourselves that rob sleep, like working the night shift or spending too much time on our iPhones, we get so used to a certain lifestyle that we can forget how we might be contributing to our own sleep problems.
Resolving sleep issues requires us to make changes. Altering our hard and fast patterns is essential to begin the slow turn around to healthy aging and ultimately better sleep. To make the biggest impact on your faltering sleep schedule, the following changes to your daily routine can make all the difference in how you sleep at night.
3 Ways to Instantly Turn Around Sleep Problems
ONE. Cut the Fat. Being overweight is the number one reason people struggle with their sleep. Aside from the many obesity-related illnesses, like heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, gallbladder disease, gallstones, osteoarthritis, gout, and breathing problems (sleep apnea), there are many minor, day-to-day issues with sleep that build up to larger problems overtime, and a poor diet is often at the heart of these issues.
So much is going on when we sleep. Muscles, organs, and tissue cells all regenerate. Inflammation is reduced, hormone levels balance and T-Cells (white blood cells) work to strengthen the immune system, that when we don’t get enough our systems suffer.
Eating fatty, highly salted snacks and sugary foods during the day can play havoc with your sleep schedule. During our sleeping hours the body performs miracles in self-repair and cleansing. When our natural cleaning process is overloaded, sleep issues begin to crop up and interrupt sleep. Intermittent sleep, then has a knock-on effect to our waking hours with headaches, mood shift, and poor concentration.
TWO. Exercise. Getting regular exercise is one of the keys to improving poor sleep patterns. Almost instantly our bodies reward us with a better, more restful night.
When we remain stationary for most of our day, sitting at a desk or standing at a counter, like many people, our muscles atrophy and over-time we lose strength and health problems can compound. Aside from a better night’s sleep, here are the top ten benefits of regular exercise.
- Can make you feel happier.
- It can help with weight loss.
- It is good for your muscles and bones.
- Exercise can increase your energy levels.
- It can reduce your risk of chronic disease.
- It can help skin health.
- It can help your brain health and memory.
- Reduces chronic pain.
- Can increase potency.
- Regular exercise can balance hormone levels.
Adding regular exercise has a profound effect on resetting our circadian rhythms too, as more and more regular sleep helps the body fall back into its natural cycles.
THREE. SLEEP AIDS. More and more people are choosing natural solutions like teas and herbs to get them to sleep at night over harsh drugs, which often have unwelcomed side-effects. A smart herbal supplement regime is the most effective next step in maintaining a healthy sleep schedule, or during times when you just need to wind down and calm the mind.
Proprietary blends of sleep supporting herbs like those containing the powerful Jujube Seed are therapeutic dynamos and go far beyond just sleep support. The Jujube fruit is packed with vitamins, minerals and fatty acids, and has been used for centuries to treat insomnia, chronic pain, stress, and stomach upset. Jujube also relaxes the body and the mind, boosting levels of the calming neurotransmitters GABA and serotonin.
Natural sleep formulas that includes earthy, bioactive compounds which work to reduce inflammation, strengthen the immune system, and lower blood sugar, as well as support heart, brain and digestive function are the intelligent choice when it comes to choosing the best products to ensure a return to healthy sleep.
Approaching sleep problems from the root cause of why sleep has become a problem, goes a long way to rediscovering a healthy, restful night’s sleep once again.
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