When we are busy and stressed, sleep is often the first casualty. We cut back on sleep to get more done, then suffer through sleepless nights and long days running on caffeine and adrenaline. Good sleep is vital for our health and well-being. People with chronic sleep disturbances have an increased risk of health problems including heart disease. One study found that they receive fewer job promotions and lower pay than those who sleep well!
Growth hormone, sometimes called the “anti-aging” hormone, is secreted in the brain during deep sleep. It stimulates regeneration of body tissues and breakdown of fat stores. Hormones that affect appetite also become disrupted with poor sleep. The result is that you feel hungrier and eat more while breaking down less fat. Getting quality sleep regularly will help you feel better, be more productive, and help you manage your weight too!
There are many reasons for disrupted sleep, both emotional and physical, and just as there are many factors that contribute to sleep problems, there are many ways to improve sleep. The most important strategy is a balanced lifestyle: establishing a regular sleep routine, managing your stress, eating a balanced diet, and getting regular exercise. A simple body temperature Epsom salt bath at bedtime has been the key to sleeping well for many of my clients. A variety of nutritional, botanical, and homeopathic medicines can also be helpful.
If you have chronic problems with sleep, you can solve the problem naturally. Healthy sleep is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.