The Importance of Sleep
Loving this extra hour of daylight savings sleep!
Some people say sleep is a waste of time and to them I say, you need a more comfortable bed.
Sleep is when your body repairs itself. It's the only chance your body has to replenish, create new cells, restore energy, rest your tissues and regenerate itself. Not enough / too little / interrupted / or sleeping at the wrong times messes with every single mechanism in your body [ every single one ] and is the fastest way to tear down your immune system, mess with your digestion, increase stress, slow down your metabolism and make you age faster. A good nights sleep is one of two most important factors in your health, the other of course being your nutrition.
If 50% of your health depends on your zzz's, it's worth a little more consideration no?
WHEN you sleep is more important than HOW MUCH you sleep. The simple reason is this: we live on this planet, and this planet has rhythms, cycles, seasons and a natural flow. When we sync with these rhythms and with the earth's energy, our internal system also syncs and flows.. and when our circadian / metabolic cycles / digestion / hormone rhythms match that of the earth's, our internal regeneration potential switches on, allowing us to heal. Flow is everything.
The gentlest and simplest way to reset your system is to get to bed by 10pm. This is the optimal sleep time because of where the earth is in orbit and because of the doshic energy prevalent on the planet, but also because the sun has completely set and we are in full darkness. Rising just before the sun - 48min to be exact - is the optimal time to wake up because waking with the sun is respecting the laws of nature too. All animals and even plants rise with and follow the sun all day, and we as humans need to do this too.. or at least get to as close to it as possible.
Get to bed early and rise early. The time change only helps us with this transition since it is darker much earlier; it is the simplest way to preserve your health, balance your hormones, lose extra weight naturally and wake up refreshed and full of energy.
To a good night's sleep!