Why We Sleep ?
Mis à jour : mai 11
Do you sleep enough? Do you need a strong cup of coffee several times a day? Do you feel tired when you wake up in the morning?
Are you suffering from insomnia frequently? You are not alone!
Sleep has always been a priority for me and my number one beauty and wellbeing pillar.
After I read this very good book Why We Sleep? Written by the neuroscientist Matthew Walker, I could not wait to share with you the essential need to sleep at least 8 hours each night. Sleep deprivation is something normal in all developed countries. The World Health Organization names it a Global Health Epidemic. 800 million people will not get the necessary sleep they need this coming week…
Sleep depends upon our 24 hours Circadian Rhythm. This is an internal process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle.
The longer you are awake, the more adenosine will accumulate. When the light comes down, you should start feeling tired, and your pineal gland releases the famous melatonin hormone.
Sleep is the pillar of a good health
Sleep is the universal health care provider.
Numerous functions of the brain are restored by and depend upon sleep.
We are physically, nutritionally, emotionally, socially and cognitively dependent upon sleep.
- Enhance memory
- Enhance creativity
- Lower food cravings
- Protects from cancer and dementia
- Boost your immune system
- Boost happiness and decrease anxiety and depression
- Makes you look more attractive
And the list is non exhaustive.
Emotions vs sleep
Are you aware of how a bad sleep impacts on your mood and your emotional reactivity?
A full night of sleep ensures the balanced mix between our emotional gas pedal – Amygdala – and brake, prefrontal cortex.
A few tips to improve you ability to sleep and to let go,
- Try to exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Being active is a key to fall asleep easily at night.
- Avoid caffeine after 2pm because the impact on your sleep and inner clock is real.
- Stay away from electronic devices as much as you can before you go to bed – and read a good book instead, give yourself a massage, or listen to relaxing music.
- Use lavender essential oil, the best for relaxation
- Take a hot bath and add lavender too if you can
- Think about positive things you did during the day and be grateful for it
- Reduce anxiety-provoking thoughts by learning to mentally decelerate before bed
- Choose a low lighting to stimulate melatonin
- Try to sleep and wake at a consistent time as much as you can
Car crashes, lack of productivity at work, depression, obesity and Alzheimer or cancers are all linked to sleep deprivation. Sleep should be a priority for everyone and especially in our capitalist world. The shorter you sleep the shorter your life.