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How to Get Enough Sleep

Posted Nov 05 2012 9:49pm
Hey y'all,

I'm going to start doing videos on Bluebonnet Natural Healing Therapy and the first one is called "How to Get Enough Sleep."

Let me share some interesting things about sleep.

First, here is a chart from the showing how much sleep each person needs by age

What happens when we sleep?

While we are snoozing in the Land of Nod, our body is still very busy. Sleep is the time for:

  • Muscle repair
  • Memory consolidation
  • Growth hormone activation
  • Appetite hormone activation
If we do not get enough sleep, we cannot concentrate fully, we cannot make good decisions, and we have trouble engaging socially with others. We may also feel hungrier, because our appetite control hormones have not had enough opportunity to work properly. A lack of sleep may actually contribute to unwanted weight gain.

How does sleep work?

75% of the night is spent in four sleep stages:
  1. The period of time between being awake and fully asleep; dozing or light sleep
  2. Falling asleep; disengaging from surroundings; body temperature drops; heart rate and breathing are regular
  3. Deep sleep; blood pressure drops; breathing is slower; muscles relax; muscles repair and grow; energy is restored; hormones are released
  4. Same as #3
25% of the night is spent in REM sleep. This first occurs about 90 minutes after falling asleep, and recurs about every 90 minutes. As the night progresses, the time between REM cycles lengthens.

During REM sleep, the following things are observed:

  • Dreams
  • Eye movements
  • Muscles relax and the body becomes immobilized
  • Cortisol levels drop, and elevate when it is close to time to wake up
I think I will do a couple of videos and blog posts on natural ways to prepare for sleep and how to deal with insomnia naturally. I'll share a really nice herbal recipe I have and talk about some herbs that may help you wind down.

As I mentioned in the video, feel free to leave a comment and tell me how you feel after getting eight hours of sleep. Maybe you could also share how you rearranged your schedule and life to get enough sleep. 

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