Sleep.  Is your pillow calling your name?

Do you get enough sleep each night?  Be honest.  What time does your head actually hit the pillow?

Confession time.

Recently, it was nearly 2 AM when I went to bed.  Yes.  {Head hanging}  That’s right.

Since this is an issue for me, I thought maybe there might be one or two other people who also struggle with getting to bed on time and getting a full night’s sleep.

Seriously I should know better.  I have struggled with Adrenal Fatigue or Low Adrenal Function on several occasions.  My problem is that once I’m feeling better, I start to abuse my body again.  I like being the “Energizer Bunny.”  But recently, my body told be to get rid of the bunny suit and start hanging out with those sweet woolly sheep.

Getting enough rest is imperative.  I know that.  You know that.  But, let’s face it, we tell ourselves that staying up this time won’t matter.  Just look at what we can get done, be it work or pleasure.  Between improper diet and improper rest, we really are just cheating our bodies.

Last week I asked you to join me in working towards good health….

 

 

 

And then I suggested that we could say, “No!” to sweets and drink a glass of water.  Did you do either of those?  I did.  It was good for me to put it out here…to be accountable to you.  My sweet indulgence has dropped by at least 80%.  Yes, I still have had a couple tablespoons of ice cream here and there.  But, taking the challenge myself has helped me.  How about you?

 

Let’s talk about the importance of a sleep schedule.

Our body’s circadian rhythm, or biological clock, is on a set schedule of secreting exact amounts of hormones to control ALL of our bodily functions, at the same times each day. When we stay up extra late, utilizing that “second wind”, or not getting enough sleep, our entire circadian rhythm is thrown out of balance, and therefore our body’s hormonal balance is, too.  And here’s the kicker, playing around with our circadian rhythm can actually cause adrenal fatigue/low adrenal function in the first place.

There is an additional benefit by going to bed even a bit earlier.  If we can get to sleep no later than 10pm we will be in a deep sleep cycle from 11PM – 1AM or so when many body systems are detoxing, recharging, and recovering from the day’s activities.    Being awake at this time can cause toxins to back up in the liver and have a negative impact on our health over the long term.

Many experts suggest being in bed and asleep by 10:30 PM daily,  and sleeping until 8:30 or 9:00 in the morning.  Okay, we may not have that luxury, but go for it on your days off.  There is something especially restorative of sleep between 7:00-9:00 in the morning for people with adrenal fatigue. Regardless of the quality of your night’s sleep, catching those couple of hours of sleep between 7:00-9:00 AM can be just what we need.

Here’s one more benefit that most of us will appreciate….weight loss.  When we allow our bodies to get our hormones functioning properly with rest, and detoxing, we will lose weight too.

Who knew so much goodness would be available to us if we would just get to bed on time?

My tabby cats, Poppy & Lily for sure.   😀

 

You may or may not have adrenal issues. (People who live busy lives probably do.)  Regardless, proper sleep gives us a tremendous advantage toward good health.

Tonight, will you join me in snoozing with the sheep, and the Great Shepherd by 10 or 10:30?

 

Sweet dreams!

Diane

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Comments

  1. So….what are some of the easily recognizable symptoms of adrenal fatigue?

  2. I know that I don’t get enough sleep. There just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day. Right now we’re in a position where I’m working freelance jobs and working at the store full-time. Squeeze in all the real-life demands like laundry and cleaning and cooking and taking care of the property and sometimes spending quality time with my significant other and there just isn’t enough time. And while I know that I should sleep more, often times when I try to force myself, it just doesn’t work. I lay there wide awake and thinking about all the things I could be doing. I have hope that once this transitional phase is over, I can start getting some good, solid sleep. At least, here’s hoping!

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