Sleeping is one of the most important type of “rest” our physical body needs. There are many bodily functions that happen while our bodies are in a “state of sleep”, it “change gears” while asleep. Some part of the brain changes (some switch off, while others are turned on), processing some of the latest data it gathered. Most people, however, failed to give importance to their resting and sleeping habits.
Rest & Sleep is a replenisher. The right quantity and quality of sleep is vital for one to achieve a balance, healthy and active lifestyle. Daytime activities tend to make our bodies accumulate some toxins during the process, while asleep, it gives time to our bodies to expel these toxins and waste, hence healing and repair occur naturally. Sleep also helps replenish and rejuvenate the energy our body spends to sustain life during the daytime. Indeed, not much is felt when you lack sleep for some short period of time, but it is not the case if you continually cheat on sleep for a long time.
Do you know we can train our bodies to obtain the right amount of rest/sleep, here are some of the best practices we can share about how we can achieve an optimum amount of sleep:
- Set a “retiring” time and “rising” time – Be deliberate in setting the hour of the night that you will start sleeping and put an alarm as to what time you will rise in the morning, do this religiously for 21 Days and watch how your body adjust to it. You will see how your body automatically feels “sleepy” during that retiring hour and how you wake up the time you set even without an alarm after 21 days.
- Sleep 1 Hour Before Midnight – No Matter how busy your life is, 1 hour of sleep before midnight is more beneficial to the body to do normal bodily function compare to hours after midnight.
- Avoid Sleeping After Eating – When we go to sleep we should have completely digested our last meal to give way for an optimal bodily function so that our digestive organs could also rest along with the other organs of the body.
- Avoid Screen 1 hour before and after sleep – Screen is a like caffeine. Avoid using screens before going to bed and after waking up, screen disrupts normal brain function after sleep, if you are using it as your alarm clock, go help yourself and buy a separate alarm clock instead.
You may never cheat and skip sleep for a long time without sacrificing wellness, be regular in obtaining your sleep.