• Carl Weston

Is your sleep stopping you seeing the results you want?

Are you getting enough sleep?

This is a question everyone needs to be asking themselves. Most people today are sleep deprived, have poor sleep hygiene and are just adding to their daily stress loads and turning to stimulants like sugar and coffee and energy stimulants. 

The national sleep foundation did a 2 year study and found that we need an average 8 - 10 hours a night age depending. Where most people will get an average of 5-6 hours per night. Anything less than 7 can seriously damage you health.

We are designed to naturally follow our built in body clock system that follows the circadian cycle of the sun and the moon. Our sleep and wake cycles are so important with how we function and heal. As we rise we see an increase in our stress and activity hormones and cortisol and when we sleep we see and need an increase in our growth and repair hormones and melatonin.

The above shows your bodies natural responses and cycle. The black lines are the stress activating hormones and the white lines are the sleep and recovery activating hormones. What is most important is looking at your recovery system, the physical and psychological repair systems are imperative to good health, and are set in your own body clock and circadian cycle rhythm. 

Now the big question i get asked is where are we going wrong. 

Most people have what we call poor sleep hygiene, the longer the cortisol response is triggered the harder it will be to recover and fall asleep. So everything that most people are doing is affecting this, from bright lights especially over head, TV, cellphones, computers, caffeine, sugar, alcohol, all of these affect and alter the bodies natural hormonal and sleep response. And all of these factors cut into your recovery time and your immune systems repair. To much light and stress at night results in the need for greater amounts of cortisol, this is produced through the adrenal glands located atop of the kidneys and produce glucocorticoids which make cortisol. Over time this stress adds up leading to adrenal fatigue, poor recovery, increase in sickness and health, poor physical performance, poor organ health and overall a drop in general health and well being.

All of this then leads to a craving for stimulants like caffeine and sugar type foods and tobacco. All of these trigger your sympathetic nervous system and guess what... this requires and needs more cortisol. A vicious cycle that we put ourself in and one that can be helped and controlled. 

Now here is the best thing the best way to heal and help the body is FREE, it cost you nothing, and everyone can do it. SLEEP. 

But here are a few things to help you regain your health back and help you sleep and recover better. 

1. Try and get to bed by 10:30pm 

2. Minimize your exposure to lights and blue light

3. Try and have a completely blacked out room. 

4. Avoid stimulants after 3pm in the afternoon 

5. Eat right for your type, metabolic typing or primal pattern diet. 

6. Drink plenty of water 

7. Exercise with a regular program. 

8. Try unplugging all electrical appliance 

9. Call the studio and let us help you with the CHEK approach. 


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