Relax … Get Enough Sleep, It’s Important!

I finished my AromaTouch(R)  Technique training a week ago last Saturday. Since then I have been working on accomplishing my sessions prior to receiving my certification. It didn’t take me long to realize what a powerful tool this technique is for my toolbox. I believe that we are all born with the ability for our bodies to heal. All we need is the proper tools to help facilitate this.

Our bodies no longer trust us to provide what they need to be healthy and whole. There was a time in the past when we ate our meals slowly – at a table with family. We took the time to prepare and eat the natural gifts of the earth and we were relaxed and took the time to chew our food! We went to bed with the sun, or if we stayed up, we used a soft yellow light to read by or relax by … i.e. the glow of a fire. We went outside and during the normal course of the day, we exercised. I’m not promoting going back to those times. I recognize that they were not as easy as the time that we live in today. I also recognize that life today has become one of constant motion. Night and day are mixed up and so are our circadian rhythms. We eat on the go, grabbing whatever we can gulp down and we spend hours sitting at a desk, working on our computers. We run from work to games, to night time meetings and then home again for three hours of sleep to just get up and do it all over again. I am tired just typing that!

095Autoimmune diseases are at historic levels in the United States, I believe that our lifestyle has as much or more to do with it as the environment and a genetic propensity towards autoimmune diseases. As I have written about in an earlier blog, What Do All Autoimmune Diseases Have In Common?, the one thing that all autoimmune diseases have in common is a leaky gut. I have/had one as well. I can look back at my digestive issues and I now understand how they came about. I am slowly working on my diet and healing my gut. I have told my husband, Brad, that I will never go back on pharmaceutical medications for my Multiple Sclerosis again. The side effects are not something that I wish to deal with anymore. I DO understand the need for medications and I don’t promote stopping any medication without having a discussion with your physician. I had that discussion and as a result, I have not been on any medications since December 17, 2012. I must admit that I don’t miss having a daily injection at all!

I was explaining the importance of our circadian rhythm to my husband as we were walking the dogs through the woods yesterday, how the blue light that we get indoors isn’t enough for the daytime and too much for nighttime. I had my information affirmed when our local news station did a segment on the circadian rhythm this morning. We need melatonin to sleep and  cortisol to wake up! Our bodies have forgotten how to manufacture these two hormones at the appropriate times so that our sleep cycle is still on course. Studies have shown a strong relationship between lack of sleep or disturbed sleep to obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. If you consistently lack sleep you are at a much higher risk of getting sick or having a chronic disease. Studies on breast cancer and sleep have shown that the less you sleep, the less likely you are to survive. We heal as we sleep.

Not getting enough sleep creates inflammation in the body, regardless of your age. Some very simple things to do to help promote sleep are: walk outside for at least 15 minutes or more a day and get NATURAL light; turn the lights down in your home at night at least an hour before you go to bed to signal the body that it’s time to start creating melatonin; TURN OFF the TV in your bedroom, the flashing blue light is a guarantee that you will wake up; if you have to get up early, go to bed early! It has been shown that “catching up” on sleep isn’t effective, you don’t ever fully recover from the shortage of sleep and it continues to wreck havoc on your immune system.

My best advice to you is, starting tonight put sleep as a priority in your life. You WANT to live a full, healthy life, I am sure of it! It’s time to teach our bodies that they can trust us once again to take care of them and give them what they need to be healthy. We CAN heal; we just need to provide the proper tools for our bodies to work with. Small steps that we take to make long term lifestyle changes are important. Even if you just add one extra hour of sleep or maybe lower the lights at night, it all adds up and is a beginning of lifestyle changes that will create a healthy immune system. It’s important, you are important … take the time and make a few changes today.

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