Feeling Sleepy

19 Jul 2017 11:02 AMLicensee Person Feeling Sleepy

Is poor sleep an issue for you? Read for some helpful hints and tips.

Feeling Sleepy

Without good sleep you are ‘waking up on the wrong side of the bed’ before your day has even started. Poor concentration, irritability and fatigue come to mind; everything gets affected. Imagine if this was an on going issue for you. Lack of sleep or continual poor sleep quality can set the stage for more serious illnesses including cardiovascular problems, infertility, and increased risk of cancer, diabetes and obesity. Sleep is just as important as exercise, nutrition and the ability to cope with life’s stressors. If your sleep is suffering so is your capacity for being healthy and happy. Good sleep of sufficient duration and depth should have you refreshed and recharged throughout the day.

The amount of sleep you needs varies from person to person with depends on age, health, physical and mental activity; quality of sleep affects this aswell. On average babies should have 16hrs, 9 hours for teenagers and 7-9 for adults. A third of your life is asleep and there are many ways to enhance the quality of your sleep. Your bedroom should feel just like that a bed in a relaxed, welcoming and comfy room. It should inspire rest, be tranquil and peaceful. Feng shui can help you achieve this – did you know that Robin Tim So our acupuncturist is also a Feng Shui specialist. Robin recommends your bedroom should be more ying (feminine, quiet and still) than yang (lots of glass, bright). Never sleep with your head facing north the reason being the two north poles will repel each other causing tension and disturbed sleep.

One of the big factors with poor quality sleep is electromagnetic radiation (EMR). We already spend way too much time in front of computers and with our smart phones. Sleep is the one time we really should shut it out of the room. Even power lines outside your bedroom window or did you know your cordless phone emits more radiation than your mobile phone. How about the tv in your room or alarm clock next to your bed (move it to the other side of the room). EMR can stop or retard the production of serotonin in your body; serotonin being a specific neurotransmitter for sleep.

Temperature is paramount as you don’t want to push the nasties out of the paints, carpets, foams and vinyl’s. Ventilation is important including good air flow even under your bed to keep circulation of fresh air. Even something as simple as paint colour can affect your sleep – earth colours are best (except reds) and void the bright colours and bright pictures especially in childrens rooms. Think calming.

Make sure your room is dark at night as this automatically sends a message to the brain to produce melatonin; the more your brain is disrupted by light the less it produces melatonin.

Some other pointers – are you exercising enough? Although you don’t feel you have the energy to exercise; exercise creates endorphins, your happy hormones. Yoga or mediation may help. Tv and smart phones right before bed stimulate brain activity and disrupt the circadian rhythum of your pineal gland and interfere with serotonin and melatonin production.  Caffeine and sugar over stimulate our brains and adrenals, a definite must to avoid after 3pm.

Long story short if you are doing all of this you may need to take things further and address sleep disruptors like stress (got to love a racing brain when you are trying to fall asleep), hormonal issues, lack of melatonin, adrenal fatigue and liver issues.