Sleep- plays a big role in your health and longevity!
Our bodies repair and rejuvenate both physically and psychologically when we are sleeping. From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. your're repairing physically, and from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. repairing psychologically. If possible, you should get to sleep by 10 p.m. and stay in bed until 6 a.m. I know that sounds difficult for some; jobs etc..out of the house before 6 am.
When we reach the pre-menopausal years.(35 and over) and into the post menopausal years, it becomes paramount that you get enough sleep. Hormones are made during our sleep, such as human growth hormone; responsible for vitality, energy and all of the health benefits we associate with youth. Lack of sleep can cause weight gain and insulin resistance.
Our hormones decline as we age. We need to get enough sleep so we keep the production moving along smoothly for our longevity. I cannot stress how important it is to get enough hours of sleep each night.
1. Do you have trouble falling asleep at night?
2. Do you have difficulty waking up in the morning?
3. Do you sleep less than 8-9 hours a night?
4. Do you wake up once or more during the night?
5. Do you sleep in a room with any light or noise?
6. Do you wake up feeling tired?
7. Do you wake up only with an alarm?
8. Do you go to bed later than 11 pm?
9. Do you get up earlier than 6 am?
10. Do you use medications “over the counter “or prescription” med for sleep?
If you answered “yes” to two or more of these questions, you should seriously make changes to get proper sleep.
Lifestyle and Nutritional recommendations: Exercise. However, avoid exercising late in the day, manage stress, rule out any hormone imbalances, rule out hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, and poor adrenal function, avoid smoking and alcohol consumption, stay away from caffeine and cleanse!
Sweet dreams :-)