Sleep is essential for a healthy lifestyle. It is the time for cell repair and healing. Sleep is a sacred time. It involves the spirit, mind and body. We are still, unconscious and available to the natural order for realignment.
All sleep is not healing sleep however. Sleep after a heavy meal is not healing sleep because digestion takes priority. Eat 3 hours prior to going to bed. If you must eat late, have fresh fruit, or a salad instead of fried or processed food. Avoid caffeine.
For quality sleep, know that the subconscious, which is the seat of our personality, thought and spirit, never sleeps. There must be silence, a stillness that allows the subconscious to be free from distractions. Get your household to agree on the importance of sleep. Turn the telephone off and ask not to be disturbed except for extreme emergencies. When a family member is asleep, their sleep environment must be protected until they awaken naturally.
Establish a consistent “bed time”. Eight hours of sleep every night is better than 10 hours one day and 6 hours the next. Develop a sleep routine that signals (to the body) that it is time to rest. Avoid reading, eating or watching TV in bed. It violates your boundaries for sleep vs. daytime activities. Routines like brushing your teeth, bathing and prayers encourage healing sleep.
If falling asleep is difficult, try natural remedies to improve sleep before using sleeping pills. Include an exercise routine. For its calming affect take a natural calcium supplement, have some chamomile tea before bed, or other herbs from the natural food store.
Finally, sleep is one of the most important components for healthy living. The affect of sleep deprivation is often underestimated. It is a fact that healing sleep will add years to your life.
Zima Health – sleep studies statistics
National Sleep Foundation - www.sleepfoundation.org
University of Maryland Medical Center – Sleep Disorder Center