- Pain tolerance is reduced by lack of sleep - a big deal if you are suffering from a chronic pain condition.
- Sleep deprivation is linked to weight gain and is one of the strongest factors in obesity.
- Poor sleep increases your risk of chronic health conditions and serious diseases including stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.
- Even a small decrease in sleep time weakens the immune system by lowering T-Cells, a part of the immune system responsible for fighting off infection.
- Sleep enhances mental performance - cognitive function, concentration, and productivity.
- Good quality sleep improves emotional processing and reduces emotional reactivity, having a profound and direct effect on mental health.
- Before midnight is when you get the best quality sleep, as this is when cortisol is at its lowest - these are the hours your body is doing its essential healing, repair, and rejuvenation [these are the beauty sleep hours]!
Sleep is absolutely essential to well-being
We know that no one would argue with that, but you may be surprised at just how much of an impact the quality of your sleep could be having on your health and the potential negative effects of sleep deprivation.
Did you know...
Stress, anxiety, circling thoughts, pulling night shifts at work or staying up with young children, chronic pain or illness, or simply burning the candle at both ends - there are many reasons and often factors beyond your control, as to why you may not be getting the optimal 7 to 9 hours a night.
Below I share a few tried and trusted 'Sleep Supporters', which can help give you a deeper and more restful night's sleep.
The common denominator? They all support the nervous system! So go with what feels right for you and most suits your lifestyle.
- Yoga - Legs Up The Wall
Lying on your back; on the floor, a yoga mat, or the bed, with your legs straight up the wall and your head rested on a small pillow or book. This position elicits a relaxation response within the body, calming the nervous system, reducing heart rate, bringing you into the 'rest and digest' parasympathetic state. It's a great way to end a day and prepare for sleep. It also feels really good!
- Screens - Blue Light Blockers
Blue light from screens and devices interrupts melatonin production, the hormone governing your sleep-wake cycle. Turning off screens an hour before bed or using blue light blockers supports melatonin production, helping you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
- Tea - Sleepy Herbs
- The Right Kind Of Bedtime Snack
- Montmorency Cherries
- 'Brain Dumping'