How to Sleep Your Way to Good Health

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Are you one of those self-proclaimed night owls that will do just about anything to stay up late?  Or perhaps like me, you really do have a lot going on during the day, especially if you have children. So when you finally get them to bed, you get your “second wind” so to speak. 

 

Believe me-I get it!  However, while staying up late might be good for our “to do” lists, unfortunately, it’s not so good for our health.

 

Scientists now know that to achieve optimal health, you have to get proper sleep that includes both, the number of hours you sleep and the time frame of when you actually start to count those hours, i.e. the time you actually go to bed.

 

The Eight Hours of Sleep Rule-Is it Enough?

 

For years, we’ve been told that we should get eight hours of sleep each night to remain healthy.

 

But is that really all that we need to do? 

 

While eight hours of sleep sounds good, it means absolutely nothing if you’re not in bed by 10:00 PM and starting the clock towards your eight hours of sleep.

 

Sleeping the Ayurvedic Way

 

Getting eight hours of sleep between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM should be one of the first things listed on your  “how to get healthy” list, according to Ayurvedic medicine.   And before you dismiss this as strange science, take a look at the compelling scientific facts that supports the notion of going to bed by 10:00 PM. 

 

Internal Clocks and Third Eyes-Seriously?

 Third Eye

 

Our bodies have a small pea sized organ called the pineal gland, and its main function is to detect environmental light via the optic nerve found in our eyes.  If it’s bright light (hopefully from the sun) the pineal gland communicates to the brain that we should awaken.  Conversely, when the sun begins to set, it communicates to the brain that we should begin to sleep.  This is why some scientists refer to it as a “third eye“ and others refer to it as an internal clock.   

 

But more importantly, this very critical gland ensures that we are in sync with our environment, and if that environment consists of natural sunrises and sunsets, we can remain healthy by following those natural cues of when to go to sleep.  And speaking of natural cues, this should also be a reminder that we are a part of a large cosmic universe that has a natural order.  Furthermore, being in harmony with our universe can create a beautiful, rhythmic melody of good health.

 

Circadian Rhythm and The Sleep Process

 

When the sun begins to set, the pineal gland begins to sense the change and secretes melantonin to prepare you for sleep and healing.  This process is called the circadian rhythm. 

Circadian Clock

Circadian Clock Chart

 

Usually by 9:00 or 10:00 PM, our bodies have produced an adequate amount melantonin that’s necessary to begin the healing process of repairing damaged DNA and eliminating free radicals from your body.

 

All that you need to do to benefit from the natural healing effects of melantonin is to be in bed by 10:00 PM and you’ll be on your way to a healthier you by the next morning.

 

References:

The Pineal Gland and Melantonin

Sleep Foundation

Immune Health Science

National Institute of General Medical Science

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