Let’s Talk Sleep
Anything less than 5 minutes to fall asleep at night means you are sleep deprived. It should take about 10-15 minutes to fall asleep.
Electronics do effect sleep. Electronics disrupt the pineal gland, which is said to be your third eye, which contains rods and cones (photoreceptors) like the eye.
You cannot be perfectly healthy with just a couple of hours of sleep per night. The body requires it, and cannot heal properly without sleep.
The Pineal gland secretes melatonin at dusk.Melatonin is a hormone, and regulates sleep cycles. Lack of sleep can cause problems with the reproductive system.
Sugar will wreck sleep.
We can live for 11 days (on average) without sleeping
If you don’t sleep, you don’t heal.
Sleep deprivation in students has been linked to lower GPA’s because sleep affects concentration, memory and the ability to learn.
As many as 70 million Americans are affected by chronic sleep loss or sleep disorders.
It is estimated that driver sleepiness is a factor in about 100,000 car accidents each year, resulting in about 1,500 deaths.
People over 40 should be cautioned against sleeping pills; people over 65 should never take sleeping pills.
Sleeping pill use is associated with as many as 500,000 deaths annually.
We follow a rhythm pattern called the Circadian Rhythms.
During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health.
In children and teens, sleep helps support growth and development.
If you are sleep deficient, you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotions and behavior, and coping with change.
Sleep deficiency has been linked to depression, suicide, and risk-taking behavior.
Sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels.
Sleep deficiency increases the risk of obesity.
It affects how your body reacts to insulin, the hormone that controls your blood glucose.
Your immune system relies on sleep to stay healthy. Ongoing Sleep deficiency can change the way in which your immune system responds.
General Tips to Get to Sleep and Sleep Better
Stop using all technology 30 minutes before bed
No caffeine after 3pm
No sugar after 4pm
Sleep only an hour longer during the weekend than your latest weekday wake-up time
Diffuse and apply essential oils -- some of my suggestions below
If sleeping is a problem, investigate these possible causes:
Junk food or salts
Lack of good water
Lack of essential fatty acids
Lack of minerals
Temperature or sound
Lack of activity
Drug side effects
Are certain herbs or essential oils keeping me awake?
NOTE: The pineal gland can become calcified from heavy metals and fluoride. Calcification can restrict the Pineal gland's biological function as a producer of melatonin and may also inhibit and psychic or spiritual function it may have.
Great sleep should consist of about a third of your life - 8 hours in every 24 hour period.
It is no accident that we are designed this way. If we neglect these precious hours, the remaining hours spent will not be as productive or enjoyable. In addition, every other aspect of health will be impacted with improper sleep habits.