especially in Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Irritable Bowel, anyone who is over-stressed, and anyone with depression
When we are asleep, our digestive tract should be resting. Our body uses our energy to heal, instead of digestion. If we don’t get a long enough sleep, we don’t get into a deep sleep (delta), often enough. Deep sleep helps the brain create and store new memories and improves its ability to collect and recall information.
Deep sleep helps to keep our hormones balanced. The pituitary gland secretes human growth hormone during this stage, helping tissues in the body grow and regenerate cells.
Good sleep improves problem-solving skills and enhances memory.
We need 7 or more hours a night to get a good sleep
Effects of not enough sleep:
Linked to weight gain - the body makes more ghrelin hormone (signals hunger) and less leptin hormone (suppresses appetite)
Impairs brain function - cognition, concentration, productivity, and performance
Poor exercise performance
Increased risk of heart disease and stroke
Can cause prediabetes
Higher rates of depression
Decreased immunity to colds
There is a link to long-term inflammation in the digestive tract.
Increased relapse in Crohn’s Disease
How to obtain a deep sleep
Exercise earlier rather than later in the day
Eating less sugar and carbohydrates
Hot shower, bath, spa, or sauna before bed
Avoid watching TV, using computers, or searching on the phone before bed
Use an alarm clock instead of your cell phone or have it on airplane mode. It emits a frequency that can interfere with your body’s frequency and healing overnight.
Avoid caffeine, cocoa, chocolate after dinner time
Switch to decaf coffee (water processed)
Darken the room you sleep in/keep out the light
Reduce stress – switches you into fight and flight so you can’t relax
Avoid big meals in the evening – our digestive system should be resting at night
Try to go to bed and get up at the same time each day
Set an alarm half an hour before bedtime to remind you it’s time to get ready.
How to get to sleep more easily and have a better sleep:
We have found that people who have trouble sleeping (for all sorts of reasons) that do our Aches Away & Energize Health Program with Suzanne and do a breathing and gentle exercise (lying down) technique when they want to fall asleep have been able to get to sleep more easily and sleep better and have less fatigue and can handle stress better because of it.
If they wake in the night and can’t get back to sleep, they do the nighttime gentle exercises and breathing and can fall asleep more easily.
This technique takes you out of fight or flight Sympathetic Stress dominance into a Parasympathetic, relaxed state. This also helps digestion in the daytime as people who are stressed divert blood supply from the digestive system. Stress also makes you breathe shallowly and so you get less oxygen into your blood supply and to your brain, leading to the kind of symptoms found in Fibromyalgia, Migraines, and Chronic Fatigue.
If you have the above symptoms and live in NZ, Australia, Canada or UK, this Program could be right for you.
If this interests you and you want to learn more about it, you think this offer is right for you, and you want to reduce your pain and wake up feeling energized so you can enjoy your life again, apply for a free Health Assessment call on this link and we will figure out if it is right for you and we will go from there:
On the call I find out exactly what’s happening for you.
I go through exactly what’s in the program and the benefits you get from it.
We can definitely discuss if it is right for you but either way you will go away from our call with options that can help you improve your health plus a Stress Buster Idea Sheet, if you would like it.
Some of the information in this article is from
Effects of not enough sleep referenced to PubMed Central database of National Institute of Health