Many of my clients come to me with awful insomnia and sleep disturbances and they often don’t realize how lack of sleep plays a huge role in affecting the quality of their day and their overall health. Today we’re sharing with you 4 small changes to transform your sleep, and in turn, support your overall health and well-being. Sleep is so important for all of us; it’s the time when our body detoxes from the day and each organ (see below for the chart) has a particular time when it detoxes (example: if you wake up at between 1-3 AM, that’s a sign your liver woke you up and that your liver is doing extra work detoxing–possibly from too many glasses of wine you drank that night.
The same goes for all of the other organs listed below. When you start to track your sleep to see what time you’re waking up, the below chart will be quite helpful to help you understand what’s going on in your body. This chart has helped me in so many ways throughout the last few years with my health because my energy workers (chiropractors, acupuncturists, etc) all use this to understand what’s happening inside my body.
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Tips to Transform Your Sleep
The below four tips are important to review if you want to improve the quality of your sleep and the quality of your life because sleep is what fuels us, regenerates us and detoxes us from the toxins we encounter that day.
1. Bedtime & Wake-Up Time
Bedtime and wake-up time should be consistent as much as possible meaning you should go to bed around the same time every night and wake up around the same time every night. I cannot stress enough how important it is to sleep in tune with the circadian rhythm (in bed around 10 PM and up around 6 AM). Your circadian rhythm is a 24-hour internal clock that is running in the background of your brain and cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. Your circadian rhythm works best when you have regular sleep habits such as going to bed and waking up around the same times from day to day…YES, this also includes weekends.
I learned a lot about this through alternative medicine and falling asleep/waking up around 10 PM/ 6 AM will do wonders for your hormones and your overall energy level. I know it’s not easy to do, I do not do this every night because life happens, but I do my best. The Chinese Body Clock, below, is also very helpful to understand what’s going on in your body when you wake up or have a consistent symptom at the same time each day.
The Chinese Body Clock
If you’re feeling off at a particular time during the day, this chart can help you decipher the meaning behind what’s out of balance and what needs to be addressed. This does not mean it’s time to pop an Advil when you have a headache. It does mean that if you have a headache, it’s important to work with an alternative medicine specialist to help you understand what’s throwing your body off balance.
Throughout the first 7 years of my chronic health issues, I would wake up between 1-3 AM, which of course, was my liver, as I mentioned above. My liver has been the biggest issue for me throughout my journey, which is why DETOX is such a huge part of my story, my book, my retreats and my talks. I have been working on my liver for over 5 years now every day via Castor Oil Packs, Coffee Enemas, eating organic, drinking filtered water, using non-toxic personal care products, and doing lots of energy work.
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2. Get Your Hormones & Minerals Tested
If you have my book, Eating Clean, you know that you cannot test for hormones or minerals in the blood and expect an accurate reading. If your doctor is reading your hormones or minerals from your blood, you need a new doctor. PRONTO! I can help you if you’re lost and not sure where to go. These are the tests I help my clients with when I work with them in a Private Session because (especially for women), your hormones and your minerals WILL affect every aspect of your sleep, your mood, your weight, the pace your body/skin ages, and so much more.
3. Use an Organic Mattress
This is so important, especially for anyone who has a thyroid problem, hormonal imbalances or any other health issue because the toxins in mattresses will contribute to the load of body burden your body is trying to manage. The more toxins you come into contact with, the more your body has to detox and sooner or later, there will be too many toxins to detox, which is what causes PMS and many other hormonal symptoms, weight gain, fatigue and so much more.
Support your liver with a few of the ideas above (in the Chinese Body Clock paragraphs) and click on the links to learn more about how you can support your liver on a daily basis.
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4. Remove Your Blue Light Exposure
Remove yourself from the exposure of blue lights of screens (computer, phone, kindle, etc.) at least one hour before bed. Too much mental arousal before bed from these lights will keep you awake, even if you are tired. The lights and wi-fi do affect our body but many of us aren’t sensitive enough to feel it. If you’re anything like me or if you’ve been through the ringer with health issues, I’m sure you feel it, as well. Take the time to close your computer and turn off your phone an hour before bed. Read a book, connect with your partner, meditate, listen to my favorite relaxing playlist and allow your nervous system to move from the sympathetic (fight/flight mode we’re all in during the day) to the parasympathetic (rest/relaxation mode we need to sleep).
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