Sleep is our chief anabolic resource. To say it differently, it is the thing that brings in the most energy and recharges us. We as humans are designed to sleep during the night, and get the most out of our sleep by going to bed at 10 p.m. and rising at 6 a.m. Just like with all rules there are exceptions. Head trauma and illness are good examples of this. In these cases more sleep is a good thing. For most people it is not due to inactivity that results in poor circulation, fluid stagnation, and not to mention parasites and fungus usually come out and play while you are sleeping.
Circadian rhythm is our body’s energetic relationship with the large bodies of energy such as the sun and the moon that nurture us and our own internal systems such as the liver, and spleen. How this relates to sleep is certain parts of our body are designed to be active during the day while awake and the others at night while sleeping. It also means that our bodies are designed to be asleep when there is no sunlight outside. Our bodies are very sensitive to the subtle energies of the large bodies in the solar system specifically those close to us such as the moon. This is evidenced in other life forms like mushrooms or flowers that blossom only when the full moon is out. Failing to follow natural circadian rhythm means, losing out on the energy boost gifted to us by these large bodies. It also means operating against the internal flow of our organs. I am not saying that nobody should ever stay up late, or that no one should work the grave yard shift. I would advise for those that are working grave yard shift that you should rotate out of that shift every 30 days. Failing to do so will more than likely result in more money spent on doctor bills from poor health than you would have gotten in pay compensation. At least try and make sure that you take naps, and switch back sleep times on days off to make up for some of the poor sleep quality. Ten to twenty minutes for a nap is optimal because you don’t go into a sleep cycle. It’s also a great for those that don’t meditate.
In my observation, few people know about proper bed times, and circadian rhythm. Even less know about proper sleep hygiene. To maximize sleep quality, it is important. Make sure your room is as dark as you can get it. Night lights, light from windows, cell phones or anything else should be avoided, light triggers the body to wake up and will prevent healthy sleep. Blackout curtains are very inexpensive and will greatly increase your sleep quality. Cell phones, tablets and wireless internet should be turned off before bed. This is a relatively new one, but a quick Google search should give all the research you need if you don’t want just to take me for my word. By the way, I hope you do not. Avoid electronic devices, specifically blue light devices such as television 2 hours before bed. The blue light is very stimulating and takes time to wind down from. Most cell phones have apps that filter the light to different colors. Search for eye care apps. These should still be avoided before bed which brings me to my final tip for now. Gradually dim the all light. If you need to, buy a lamp for the bedroom. Candles, or the fireplace are preferable, because natural light is easier on the eyes.
Failing to observe good sleep times and hygiene can result in, or be the result of stress. Anything from moodiness, poor eating habits, illness, you name it. I could go on and on listing scary consequences of poor sleep habits but I will leave it at that for now. If you are having trouble sleeping or feeling rested when you wake up, and you have already employed or need help employing the information I have given you please seek out the help of myself or another CHEK Practitioner/ HLC.