What is the last thing you do before falling asleep?
The first thing you do when you wake up?
How many hours of sleep do you get?
Do you feel rested? Recharged? Awake?
Why is sleep so important?
Sleep should be the #1 priority, even more important than diet and exercise. Yet 35% of Americans are not getting the recommended amount of sleep to recharge and reset the body for optimal health. Sleep is often sacrificed when we feel like we "don't have time" and need to borrow from somewhere else in our given 24 hours.
In a world full of technology, undoubtedly you take time each night to plug in your devices so they are fully charged for the next day. But what happens when you don't charge that phone or tablet to 100%?
Your body needs recharging too...and it takes about 7-8 hours for adults to recharge to 100%. During these 7-8 hours your body is:
There are 4 stages of sleep. Stage 1 is that moment of drowsiness as you lie down and begin to fall asleep. Stage two follows a few minutes later, heart rate begins to slow and your body temperature drops. Stage 3 is a deeper sleep where muscles begin to relax, breathing slows and blood pressure drops. Entering into the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage is the deepest stage where dreaming happens.
Stages 3 and REM is where the magic happens. However, not everyone reaches these stages, resulting in feeling fatigued and lethargic upon waking the following morning.
Sleep and Hormones
Human Growth Hormone or HGH is a chemical secreted by the pituitary gland. It was highly active during those awkward stages of puberty and responsible for growth spurts and muscle development. Thankfully those times are behind us, but HGH is still working long after the past growth spurt and acne breakout!
According to Dr. Josh Axe, "Adequate HGH levels help women improve an appropriate body-fat ratio and elasticity in skin. Risk of osteoporosis is reduced when HGH levels in women are balanced." Levels of HGH begin dropping as early as the 20's and could result in
You sleep, but don't feel rested or recharged...why?
There are lots of things that affect the type of sleep we get. If you are spending most of your slumbering hours in Stages 1 and 2, you are not in recharge mode. Setting yourself and your environment up for good sleep will have a profound impact on all areas of your health and well-being.
Here are a few things you can start doing tonight to ensure a restful night of sweet dreams:
I wish you health, happiness and sweet dreams!
If you would like to learn more about healthy sleep hygiene or support in creating your own healthy sleep habits, please contact me. I would love to work with you to create restful sleep.
I'm Liz. Mom, wife, teacher, Health Coach. My passion lies in everything health and wellness. When new research and trends pop up, you can bet I am finding the best resources to information, weeding out the not so good and making the great easy to digest. From meal planning and recipes to exercise and mindfulness, wellness touches upon so many dimensions. Your path to optimal health is out there and I can help you find it.