Sleep is Essential
Sleep is essential for good mood and health. When we don’t sleep it affects our health, brain function, and so much more.
People lose sleep due to stress, diet, jet setting, lack of movement and depression. To get a good night sleep there are some things to think about.
To understand why sleep is essential for good mood and health, here are some sleep facts. First, according to the Sleep Foundation, part of your body’s biological clock are the circadian rhythms. We are sensitive to “Light exposure” on the circadian rhythms that “encourages wakefulness during the day and sleepiness at night.” Your body craves sleep and will functions better when it is in tune with the circadian rhythms.
Then there is Rem. According to Ben Fuchs, there are two main stages of a sleep cycle. Rapid eye movement (REM) phase and second non-REM phase that has three or four smaller stages. Each cycle of four to five stages lasts about two hours. We go through several of them a night.
Sleep Foundation states: “The REM sleep stage is believed to be essential for the brain5, enabling key functions like memory and learning.”
John Hopkins Medicine states that your “brain plasticity,” the ability for your brain to adapt to input is affected by lack of sleep. We need a healthy dose of sleep to be vital. Lack of sleep can cause, “ Symptoms of depression, seizures, high blood pressure and migraines worsen. Immunity is compromised, increasing the likelihood of illness and infection.” Lack of sleep can affect your metabolism too.
What You Can Do
According to John Hopkins Medicine:
- Have a sleep schedule: Go to sleep and wake up around the same time every day, even on weekends and vacations.
- Clear your mind before bed: Make a to-do list early in the evening, so you won’t stay awake in bed and worry about the next day.
- Create a good sleep environment: Make sure your bed and pillows are comfortable. Turn down the lights and avoid loud sounds. Keep the room at a comfortable temperature.
- Exercise every day: Stay active but try to avoid exercising during the few hours right before bed.
- Relax: Before bed, take a warm bath, read or do another relaxing activity.
For me listening to calm music helps be a lot. I love using binaurals and you can find them on YouTube. They even have ones to release anxiety and give you inner peace.
Other things you can do is add supplementation to give our body what is needs for a better night sleep. I personally love the following and I switch things up as needed:
- Bio Night – is a unique liquid formula of melatonin chamomile and valerian is non-habit forming and promotes safe and natural relaxation and sleep and features the proprietary biocellular micellization process.
- Sleep Eze – is an all-natural formulation has a proprietary blend of herbs (passion flower, valerian, lemon balm chamomile, hops) GABA and 5-HTP, Melatonin and other natural ingredients to support healthy, restful sleep.
- Good Night Essential Oil Blend Roller Bottle – is a blend that helps to balance the brain and body to promote a relaxing and rejuvenating sleep cycle. The roller bottle is all set up with 2.5% of an exclusive blend of Good Night Essential Oil and Kukui Carrier Oil for quick and easy application.
- Take supplementation that has calcium and magnesium such as Beyond Osteo Fx or Cal Mag 100.
I personally love taking SleepEze and Beyond Osteo FX at night. They have certainly help me maintain a good night’s sleep. Another great product is find Hemp Fx Sleep in “My Tool Box“
If you have any questions, contact me.