Sleep is when magic happens to your body. The magic that we are referring to is, repair, recovery immunity building,establishing blood pressure,improving heart function,detoxification,hormonal balance,mild healing,muscle growth and so much more….. Make sure to get enough snooze this time in the season.
When do wounds heal and develop a scab? During sleep. When do muscles grow? During sleep. Why do we wake up with a foul smell in our mouth, dirt between our eyes and pee warm,dark yellow urine? Because our body has detoxed itself during sleep. This speaks a lot on how sleep is necessary for growth,healing,and detoxification.
Sleep is a basic need and inbuilt part of our life and there is no denying that it is super important for overall health and well-being. No number of drugs,caffeine or technology can ever do what natural sleep and rest can do for our body and mind. Every living being needs downtime,rest,recovery,sleep to repair, refresh,rejuvenate,restart,else it burns out very fast. Sleep is also the deepest meditation known to us. But a question that often pops up is; how much should one sleep? Well, there is no magic number for that. The 7-8 that’s usually recommended is useless if you haven’t had quality sleep during those hours. By quality, we mean- deep sound sleep.
Sleep is a 5-stage cycle process. While each stage of sleep serves a unique restorative function for the body, stage 3 and 4 are the most common healing. This is exactly when magic happens.
Unfortunately, not many of us sleep so deep. Our brains and body are overly stimulated through artificial light, gadgets, social media, alcohol and smoking, which is why even 18 hours of sleep sometimes doesn’t feel enough. On the other hand, sometime even 5-6 hours of sleep is enough for the body and we wake up feeling absolutely recharged. Thus, it is not about how much you sleep, but how well you sleep. Some of the best ways to determine your quality of sleep are;
- Low energy levels,feeling lethargic and low the next day.
- Previous days soreness that hasn’t healed.
- Unexplained cravings that are mostly around coffee,sugar and junk foods.
- Bigger appetite and lack of satiety.
- Brain fog and indecisiveness.