Everyone sleeps. Not everyone likes it. After you see this information, you may find yourself with a new found love of slumber.
We are a people of business and busy-ness. We have lunch meetings. Our kids have soccer games to get to. We have emails to check. Who has time for sleep? Some people have imbalances that won’t allow them proper sleep. At Transforming Chiropractic I sometimes will run a lab on someone with sleep deprivation and find melatonin imbalances. Or cortisol imbalances. Or blood sugar imbalances. But most frequently, it’s simply a matter of taking the time. The illusion is you don’t have time for sleep. Reality is you don’t have time for sleep deprevation.
- Gives you poor judgment
- Causes accidents
- Increases the likelihood of most or all chronic degenerative diseases including cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disease
- is associated with mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety
- I can’t remember 5
- promotes memory loss (get it?)
- leads to obesity (yup – NOT sleeping makes you fat)
- makes you DEAD!
- gives your creativity a boost
- improves your ability to deal with stress (have you ever had the experience of being totally stressed about something and then “sleeping on it” and waking up and finding that all is right in the world?)
- improves decision making skills
- improves social skills (ever notice if you’re friend is dancing on the table, it’s probably past 7pm?)
In the end, sleep is paramount to your health. If you want any of the good things in life including but not limited to connection with others, connection with God, more money, better sex, leaner body, heck, probably even a bigger house (not that I’m telling ya that’s how to find happiness) you’ll be able to do it better and with more ease if you get enough sleep.
Below is a link to a TED Talks video. The link will only be active while they continue to host the video. I LOVE TED Talks. So many great discussion about a variety of topics. This one is about sleep. It’s about 20 minutes. It’s good.
One of my favorite gems from the talk was concerning one function of sleep. One of the leading theories about why we need sleep is to process what happens to us during the day. I mentioned that I run functional labs on patients for various health challenges. (It’s great to have the answers to health challenges such as, why am I tired? why am I not able to lose weight? why am I depressed? and so on). The neuroscientist that presents in the video brought up a common stress profile I call TIRED THEN WIRED. Who do you know that uses caffeine and sugar to keep themselves going in the morning and afternoon and then moves right into drinking alcohol to bring themselves back down? The doc in the talk makes an interesting distinction that alcohol will sedate you and can help you to fall asleep but it doesn’t provide sleep. What that means is that your brain (which controls everything in your body including hunger, immune activity, more) needs to be very actively doing its thing at night. You may be unconscious, but your brain isn’t just laying in a heap. It’s busy at work. And by definition, if you’ve sedated it, you’ve brought down it’s function.
Consider the Possibilities
The take away is consider your sleep. Are you truly getting enough? And if you aren’t, is there anything in your life you wish to improve? Health in relationship? Health in physical appearance? Health in finance? Heck, maybe you just want to bust up plain ol’ fatigue! Consider the possibility that sleep will actually help grant you what you’re looking for, not simply take away valuable time.
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