Getting enough sleep, and the right kind of sleep, is just as important as food and water for your body. Inadequate or restless sleep can sabotage the success of your health program.
Your body takes care of a number of critical tasks during healthy sleep. It’s much more than simply resting. This is a time for repair, rejuvenation, and detoxification. Your brain stays active during sleep and your body goes through several different cycles throughout the night. During these different stages your body focuses on tasks such as neutralizing and processing toxins, replenishing energy to your different organ systems, processing memories and assimilating information.
detoxification & sleep
Efficient detoxification requires 7-9 hours of sleep daily. Getting roughly 7-9 hours of sleep is recommended to support this important healing process. You need to allow your body the time to regenerate and perform its nightly detoxification.
Please note that the lymphatic system and the liver engage in detoxification during the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. If you are constantly up and awake during this time, the body's natural detoxification process is disturbed.
And if you are deprived of sleep you will be less capable of maintaining your healthy eating program. You will be more likely to have cravings and more likely to succumb to them.
Going to bed by 10:00 p.m may take some adjustment. The first thing to do to accomplish this is to set an intention, create the space for it to happen, and then go to bed and turn out the lights. Even if you don't fall asleep right away, just allow yourself to rest your body, mind, and spirit. Eventually, you will start to adapt.
Here's a link to an excellent article with tips to sleep better:
Happy, Healthy Living!
JoAnn Newton is a Holistic Nutrition Educator and Master Massage Therapist with a private practice in Graton, CA.
Passionate about helping people transform their health through holistic nutrition, she facilitates the 23 day online Nutritional E-Cleanse Program with coaching, compassion, and humor.