It is estimated that 60 million Americans have trouble sleeping! This is due to artificial lights, TV, internet, and the caffeine craze. Adequate rest is a major factor for health and healing. Sleep is much more than just a passive experience for your body, it is the process that brings restoration and healing to frazzled organs, nerves and body tissues. Melatonin is also produced in response to darkness. Melatonin helps prevent damage to the cells most vital components. Cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, mental health are all increased when you do not achieve the right amount of rest.
Our goal should be for 7-8 hours per night. If that sounds like peaceful bliss but not ever a reality try these tips.
- Wake up with the sun. Sunlight helps increase levels of alertness, enhancing hormones such as serotonin.
- Eat diner early. Eating a large meal before bedtime can decrease your deep sleep and cause more nighttime awakenings.
- Get moderate exercise. Exercise helps increase levels of hormones that enhance sleep at night.
- Avoid sleep depriving substances. Alcohol robs the body of deep sleep, while caffeine interferes with sleep due to its stimulating properties. Tobacco reduces sleep due to nicotine withdrawal during the night. Antidepressants and sleeping pills can reduce your ability to deep sleep.
- Early bedtime. Experts recommend going to sleep at least 2 ½ hours before midnight.
- Sleep in the dark. Sleep in total darkness. Exposure to bright light for even a few moments can lower your melatonin levels.
A weekly rest was God’s original design for our body’s also. Seven days make up a week. Sounds simple but scientists don’t know why the seven-day cycle is so ingrained in cultures around the world. Years, months and days are all based on solar or lunar patterns, but the seven day cycle seems to be ingrained naturally. Even our body’s have shown a internal biological seven day pattern, it is called the circaseptan rhythm. For example after an organ transplant, the rejection rate is higher for the transplanted organ on the seventh or fourteenth day following an operation. Mental and physical stress, along with heart disease has shown improvements by implementing a weekly rest. Resting for time with our Lord each week is important for our spiritual health as well as our physical health.
Source Amazing Health
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