For those of you looking to heal your gut, balance your hormones or recover from an autoimmune condition, sleep could be the missing piece in your healing.
Sleep deprivation is now being called “the silent killer”. Gone are the days when all-nighters were cool and working until you drop was the most effective way to “fit it all in”.
So why is sleep so important? For starters, it…
- Helps regulate your immune system
- Allows your brain to flush-out harmful toxins
- Allows your tissue to repair and your body to heal
- Helps regulate your hormones
- Improves insulin sensitivity
Further, for those suffering with compromised adrenals (which includes many of us even if we don’t know it), the adrenals have a reboot time between 10pm-12pm. Miss that sleep and you’ll be even more fatigued.
Unfortunately, when the going gets tough, and our schedule piles up sleep often is the first thing that we forgo. It’s become an easy way to cut corners, especially when a cuppa awaits us in the morning to help get us through the day. Pretty soon, the morning coffee becomes essential to keep us going.
So, don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to knock coffee. Because for some, it can be a totally healthy drink as it is rich in antioxidants. But when you when you become so fatigued that coffee is a must for you to create the energy you need to run your business and home effectively, it’s time to look into other options.
The truth is, sleep can’t be made up, and in this day with our fast-paced, high-stress lifestyle it is an essential element in our life that cannot be missed out on.
So how can we get more sleep?
- Choose a bedtime and stick to it
- Prioritize sleep in your schedule
- Plan a time in your day to rest/nap
- Reduce screen time for at least an hour before bed
- Develop a mindset that the rest your body receives is just as important as the food you eat
Culturally, we’ve developed a social norm around skipping sleep, and seeing it as a way to create more time. The reality is sleep is critical for you to executing anything in your life worth doing, and it’s one of the biggest daily investments we can contribute to our business.
In fact, you can increase your overall productivity greatly by resisting the temptation to skip sleep. That requires you to consciously choose not to push through tasks when you’re exhausted.
Check in with yourself: are you consistently sleeping for at least seven hours, and if not, how can you adjust your routine to make it happen? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
The next step is to try arranging your schedule so that you get a full night’s sleep for one week. You deserve it!