A friend asked me about the importance of sleep and what I thought about it. I had this article tucked away on it, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to write it up as a post. So it can be there for anyone to read.
There are a few things linked to amazing health. Optimal nutrition of course, fresh air, movement, love, and great sleep. In fact, improving the quality of your sleep will significantly improve all aspects of your health.
Sleep is often the only time our bodies are able to access a part of our nervous system responsible for rest and repair.
Sleep is critical for skin regeneration, immunity, hair growth, nail growth and all other non-vital processes the body will not prioritize during the day, particularly when under constant stress.
Often forgotten but crucial to the deep sleep is the minimization of caffeine. It can take the body up to eight hours to clear caffeine – So think about how many coffees, tea, colas and/or energy drinks you consume per day.
Breath is one of the essential factors in regulating the balance of your nervous system. Long slow belly breathing expands the muscles in your diaphragm, stimulating the relaxation response. Try focusing on your breath anytime you feel overwhelmed. Or better still, create a regular breathing ritual to help keep your responses calm.
When we feel overwhelmed, planning tends to go out the window, but an organization is precisely what you need. Relaxation needs to be scheduled just like any other appointment in your diary. Set up a routine, such as turning the lights down low, soft music, avoiding any TV, and embracing a breathing ritual, and notice the difference in how rested you feel.
Hope you all got a little something out of that.