When you sleep, this is a time
that the body is resting, repairing, and regenerating itself from the stress of
life. Proper and adequate sleep can
help you regenerate and revitalize yourself each day.
This can be considered anti-aging.
During sleep the body is
resting the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system’s main activity is during
daytime cycles, such as flight or fight responses, increasing heart rate, and so
on. During sleep the
parasympathetic system is more active. It
is involved with digestion, sleep, and other activities that occur primarily
during sleep cycles. During sleep
your body is regenerating from the stress of daytime activity.
During sleep your body is
recovering from the stress of life. Without adequate and proper sleep, you may not fully recover
from each day’s activities. You
may feel fine on a few hours sleep, but this does not mean your body is not
stressed by lack of adequate and proper sleep.
For example, a smoker usually does not get side effects such as cancer or
lung diseases, until they have been smoking 30 years or longer.
So if a smoker has been smoking 25 years and still does not have side
effects, this does not mean he is healthy despite smoking.
The stress of improper sleep may not show up right away, but it is
additional stress to the body nevertheless.
Your body has a sleep cycle.
A brain chemical called serotonin usually starts off the sleep cycle,
leading to the production of the hormone called melatonin.
Shortly after melatonin is produced, deep sleep should occur for about
4-5 hours, During deep sleep growth hormone is active and helping to regenerate
your body. The last 2-3 hours of
sleep are much lighter and involve the cycles of the sexual hormones such as
testosterone. The sexual hormone
cycles are active about the time you are waking up.
Thus based on the body’s normal hormonal activity during sleep, you
should be averaging about 7-7 and ˝ hours of sleep.
If you are averaging less sleep then you are limiting the time you are
recovering from the stress of life. This
can add additional stress to your body each day.
Additionally improper and inadequate sleep does not support the primary
hormones active while you sleep. The
hormones are the chemical messengers of the body and are vital to your health.
Stressing vital hormones by improper sleep is not a healthy activity
You can read the article about
serotonin in the anti-aging of the brain section of this web site and you can
check out the hormone section of this web site to learn how to balance serotonin,
melatonin, growth hormone, and your sexual hormones to help support sleep
cycles. Stress is the method by
which aging, degeneration, breakdown, and death result.
If you spend many days of your life with improper and inadequate sleep,
this is accumulative stress happening each time to your body.
This will not help you to regenerate and revitalize yourself each day
from the stress of living. IF
you are sleeping only a few hours a night consider methods to help you develop
deep sleep and adequate refreshing sleep. A
starting place might be to balance serotonin and the vital hormones that are
highly active during sleep cycles. Good
Note – There are exceptions
to how much sleep you need. There
are a few people who may only need 1-2 hours sleep.
There are a few people who are known to need no sleep.
This article applies to the vast majority of people who need regular
amounts of sleep.
WARNING: DO NOT STOP ANY TREATMENT OR MEDICATION YOU CURRENTLY USE. CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING THE USE OF SUPPLEMENTS.
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