Sleep is one of the five basic needs of the human body, along with food, water, shelter and movement. During sleep, muscles, tissues, bones and organs (including the brain) grow and repair. Our nervous system, digestive, assimilation and elimination systems are repaired, and our immune system is boosted. When we don’t get enough sleep, it can increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and mental illness. Without sleep, we may notice our physical and cognitive abilities are impaired, and we tend to be more irritable and make poor decisions.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours of sleep for healthy adults. (1) Children and teens need more to enable growth and development, but we are all unique. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to sleep. But for those of us struggling to find the peace of mind that eases sleep, there are a few important things that have been proven to help.
Sometimes we just need to shift a few things in our daily routine and perhaps, provide a new perspective to get a good night’s sleep. Next week, we will review some additional sleeping support, including those available through the SWFP medical team. Stay tuned!
May you have a healthy, restful sleep tonight.
Author: Cynthia Wisehart, CHt, CHHC, CLC
Cynthia has over 20 years of experience helping her clients by using hypnotherapy, advanced regression therapy, past life regression therapy, coaching, energy work, and mindfulness training (among other modalities) to help you release your painful past, take control of your inner critic, and master the power to be the magnificent creators you are. A link to her website is below:
(1) E. Suni, (Updated March 25, 2022) How much sleep do we really need? https://www.sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need
(2) J. Physiol Anthropol (2012; 31(1): 14.Published online 2012 May 31.doi:10.1186/1880-6805-31-14) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3427038/
(3) M.Christensen, L. Bettencourt, L.Kaye, S. Moturu, K. Nguyen, J. Olgin, M. Pletcher, G. Marcus (Published: November 9, 2016 ) Direct Measurements of Smartphone Screen-Time: Relationships with Demographics and Sleep https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0165331
(4) A. Kinsey, M.Ormsbee (in Nutrients.2015 Apr; 7(4): 2648–2662.Published online 2015 Apr 9.doi:10.3390/nu7042648) The health impact of nighttime eating: old and new perspectives. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4425165/
(5) John Hopkins Medicine (found March 28, 2022) Exercising for better sleep. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/exercising-for-better-sleep