The A to Zzzz Of Getting A Good Night’s Sleep
THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP
Are you always feeling tired, sometimes wired and most often uninspired? Over 60 million Americans suffer from some form of insomnia or experience restless nights. Sleep deprivation is a living nightmare! Overtime, it can significantly weaken your immune system with serious consequences to your health that can lead to sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and arrhythmia.
LACK OF SLEEP
Lack of sleep increases stress levels and decreases your energy, endurance and resilience. Stress and anxiety upset the adrenal function, which over-produces cortisol and adrenaline and sends your hormonal system on the dreaded rollercoaster ride. Excessive cortisol reeks havoc on your thyroid gland and its function to regulate metabolism, breakdown fats and convert food into revitalizing energy. A dysfunctional Thyroid gland results in fatigue and lethargy which create sugar cravings that lead to unwanted weight gain.
LOSS OF SLEEP
Loss of sleep is the root cause of restlessness, irritability, and agitation. Sleepless nights upsets the body’s acid-alkaline balance essential for good health. When the body becomes acidic it is a precursor to arthritic pain and gradually accelerates the aging process.
Inadequate Sleep results in depression, apathy, brain fog, and dulls your cognitive function leading to forgetfulness and obsessive thinking. Poor sleep effects you ability to focus and impairs judgement. It also mutes imagination, creativity and your inner voice. Sleepless nights deplete your energy reserve and negatively impact daytime productivity, self-confidence and self-image. It can also dampens your Libido. You are simply not at your best.
A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
A good night’ sleep refuels every gland, and organ in your body on a deep cellular level to enhance the quality of your life. Quality sleep promotes a healthy body, a clear mind and an enthusiastic spirit.
Sleep is food for your soul. Quality Sleep nourishes the body, calms the mind and is essential for replenishing your core energy. Deep sleep resets your biological clock to produce new brain cells that bring back a lively awareness to your mind and a super positive outlook to your life.
SLEEP IS A HABIT
Sleep is a habit. Besides diet and exercise, we all need quality restorative sleep to function at our best. If you don’t have a good nights sleep you’ll experience tossing and turning, inability to turn off mind and compulsive thinking, frequently waking up and not able to get back to seep. Habits can be changed.
PINEAL GLAND KEY TO DEEP RESTFUL SLEEP
Your Pineal Gland is the most important gland for sleep. The gland sits in the center of your brain. It is called “the fountain of youth” because the gland secretes both serotonin and melatonin hormones. Serotonin influences billions of brain cells and regulates all hormones to preserve the body’s balance and sustain its energy throughout the day. At bedtime, and during meditation, the pineal gland releases melatonin, and melatonin regulates the sleep cycle and helps move you through the 4- stages of sleep. As we age the pineal gland becomes calcified largely due to fluoride in our water system and in toothpaste. Calcification diminishes the pineal gland’s effectiveness in supplying melatonin for deep restful rejuvenating sleep. Humming and chanting help to decalcify the pineal gland.
SUGGESTIONS TO SET THE STAGE FOR GOOD SLEEP
- Eat a light and early dinner.
- Take a walk. Light exercise, stretching or yoga after dinner helps digestion.
- Refrain from alcohol and caffeine 5 hours before bedtime.
- Turn off all blue light devices such as computers, cell phones, TV, and Tablets 1 hour before bedtime. They send a message to the brain that it is not time for sleep and inhibit the release of melatonin.
- A dark room sends a message to your pineal gland that it is time to sleep.
- Use a face mask to keep out light and get at least 8 hours of quality sleep.
- Sleep in a clean tidy room with fresh linens.
- Never go to bed angry or upset.
Deep Sleep Guided Meditation
The Ultimate Deep Sleep Experience is a powerful guided meditation that can help you achieve an exceptional good night’s sleep. It was designed to assist you in releasing the accumulated stress of your day and quell the relentless mind chatter that prevents you from relaxing into a deep, sound, restful sleep. It also contains a Transition Technique to help you in letting go of the thoughts of the day. Happy Dreams!
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Originally published at medium.com