O K A Y we know it- we feel it- we crave it-BUT why don’t we do it? HI, my name is Aleah, and I stay up way past my bedtime- I really don’t even know why? Maybe I am a sucker for punishment? FOMO ? Maybe mommy hood got my circadian clock so jacked up- my body doesn’t even remember what it needs? What I do know, is that my sleep deficit is REAL! So, I am compiling all of this compelling evidence, so that you can join me in the first “7 Night Sleep Rehab” Beginning Sunday June 2nd .
Sleep deprivation is really common, but it’s affecting us in ways that go far beyond feeling “sleepy” in the morning. Our cells repair during the night, and our digestive system gets a well-deserved break. So, if we are cutting our sleep hours short, we are missing out on these crucial processes. Our body is crazy smart and will start to respond to it’s lack of sleep by doing things like-increasing production of certain hormones (Grehlin- the hunger hormone) and decreasing (Leptin- your “I’m full” hormone) in an attempt to get food for energy ( except it will want that energy quick and easy, so you will be on the hunt for sugar, processed carbs and caffeine) We as humans need anywhere from 7-9 hours of sleep each night (every person is slightly different, over the next 7 nights you will find out what works best for you) But, just in case that wasn’t enough- here are some other dark side-effects of not living your best sleep. Lack of sleep attacks your cognitive processes. It impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving. This makes it more difficult to learn, and you can forget making memories (literally) your sleep cycles help to consolidate your experiences in your mind. If you don’t sleep, you won’t make memories. Lack of sleep also kills your sex drive due to depleted energy, sleepiness, and increased tension. Anxiety and Depression are also largely linked to too little sleep. It also ages your skin, makes you forgetful, and impairs your judgement (especially about your need for sleep-ooooooof course it does)
Here is how expert Dr. Frank Lipman says we can break up with late night binging, and create healthful sleep patterns.
- Set an electronic hold 1 hour before you plan to go to sleep. (There are really cool apps that will lock your devices for specific times/ durations) Electronic devices are too stimulating and interfere with the quality of your sleep.
- Keep it DARK- Even that subtle blue light from your phone/receiver disrupts the brains ability to rest. Eye masks are a great alternative.
- Eliminate your CAFFINE intake at least 7 hours prior to planned bed time. Caffeine blocks sleep neurotransmitters, over stimulates the adrenal glands, and throws off your bodies internal clock (circadian rhythm) Alcohol will do the same thing- initially you may feel drowsy, but as your body begins to break it down, you can count on frequent disruptions, and an early morning.
- Make your bedtime routine an experience. It is impossible to go from hyper engaged to peaceful sleep without a meaningful in between. Essential Oils/Meditation/ Reading / Writing/ Gratitude Practices are all great ways to prepare your body for sleep.
I am launching this “7 Day Sleep Rehab” to help you reset your internal sleep clock, and create healthy habits that are practical/manageable/ and easy to implement.
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