Why sleep is important

Having a regular sleep cycle is so, so important to maintaining good health. Do as your grandparents do/did and be an early sleeper and an early riser because this can re-boot your body and kick start your well-being.

These days my sleeping pattern is consistent but just a few years ago I was barely getting an adequate amount of sleep. I was sleeping late, I was thinking too much about everything that had gone wrong during the day (I blame this on social anxiety) which led to little of no sleep at all. The bad sleeping patterns had played with breakfast, lunch and dinner schedules too. It was a nightmare that my body had a hard time processing. I had this happen a lot during my teenage years but as an adult it can really affect your work output; during the day, I feel off balance, my concentration is low. Sleepless nights can cause bowel movements to be off, causing havoc on the skin, even acne.

Just a few days of not sleeping well and my body goes into turmoil. Imagine doing this every day. I cannot fathom how some people party every night, I mean, if that’s my body would probably revolt.

I know people are working late, and it’s hard to sleep early because we only have these precious hours to talk to loved ones if this is what you do or do you end up spending your time in front of the TV, or games console, scrolling through social media or on your laptop? Be brutally honest with yourself. These things can wait until the next day, right?

How much sleep do we need?

The optimum amount of sleep adults should get is 7-9 hours every night. You know when you have to get up on time for work, so count backwards 8-9 hours to when you need to get to sleep ideally 9:30 to 10:00 is a good time to get into bed.

Our organs, specifically the liver, repairs itself when we are in that deep sleep cycle. The liver is key to renewing fresh blood and removing the body of unwanted toxins, so we should do our best to look after it. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, throughout the hours of 12:00 to 3:00 am, your liver is going through a regeneration process, and it can only do this when your body is in complete sleep mode.

Here is the full body clock for each organ:

1am-3am – Liver

3am-5am – Lungs

5am-7am– Large intestines A good time to have a bowel movement, hence a good time to get up.

7am-9am – Stomach

9am-11am – Spleen & pancreas

11am- 1pm – Heart & mind

1pm-3pm – Small intestine

3pm – 5pm – Bladder

5pm -7 pm – Kidneys

7pm – 9pm – Pericardium

9pm- 11pm – Triple heater (related to metabolism)

11pm- 1am – Gallbladder

What other time does this vital organ get a chance to recoup? When our body is resting mode is the perfect opportunity for it to recharge. Spring is also the season of the element Wood, this means protection of the liver is key to being healthy at this time.

If you want to get into a good sleep routine, I’ve noted some rituals you can undertake to help you sleep on time every day.

  1. Turning off those electronic devices will allow you to turn off your mind.
  2. Create a good temperature to sleep in I usually keep a window open just slightly, to allow cool air in.
  3. Spraying some organic lavender mist around the room creates a pleasant aroma.
  4. I like to feed my skin before bed usually I will moisturise my body with organic oils, to stop my skin drying and its one of the best parts of my routine. A good 5-10 minute pamper time will help you unwind.
  5. I sometimes read, but mostly I say a thank you prayer whilst I’m in bed and then mentality note down the best parts of my day.
  6. Most nights, and this is my secret weapon, I listen to Mozart, specifically the Mozart baby music (It just works so well) Who would have thought it! 99% of the time I drift off into deep sleeps.

Again, you can create whatever routine works best for you, as long as you get into bed early and don’t distract the mind with negative thoughts to stop you from getting that good night’s sleep.

Do you have any suggestions or have a routine that works for you? Let me know!


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