We too often take sleep for granted, that is until we aren’t getting enough of it. But did you know that subtle little things may be silently affecting the quantity and more importantly the quality of sleep you’re getting.
There’s a saying “Two hours sleep before midnight is better than four hours sleep after midnight.” Heading to bed by 10 p.m. allows your brain to cycle through its natural and very crucial Circadian rhythm – crucial because it is during the several phases of this rhythm that we restore our health, our mental clarity, natural hormone production and overall healing ability.
Another important factor of sleep is the production of Melatonin, our bodies natural anti-cancer, healing agent. Studies have shown that even the most subtle light filtering into your bedroom or turning on a light to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night or having a nightlight on are each enough to halt your Melatonin production which, once interrupted, doesn’t start producing it again until the next night.
The production of your healing Melatonin begins a few hours after you go to sleep but it’s optimum production is around 1:00 a.m. When you head to bed at midnight your body can’t benefit fully since it takes those few hours to really swing into full healing and restore gear. You really sabotage sleep’s magical powers when you get up for a potty break and flick on the light. Zap – there goes your Melatonin until the next night at 1:00 a.m.
Doing your best to head to bed by 10:00 p.m., getting your bedroom area as dark as possible and trusting your instincts to get you to the toilet and back safely can really start you on your path to healing.
Oh, and get that television out of your bedroom please, please, please. If you absolutely can’t part with it unplug it when it’s not in use or put it on a timer at the very least. The EMF’s (Electromagnetic Frequencies) are so damaging to your health – and just turning them off doesn’t cut it, they’re still leaking out EMF’s when they’re off – seriously, it’s probably the most sinful thing going on in your bedroom!
For more ideas on getting the sleep that heals and restores your body and mind check out the 7 proven ways to get a great night sleep.