Why is Sleep so Important for your Physical and Mental Health?

Why is Sleep Important?

Sleep is essential for good health – Body and Mind!  Sleep is not the absence of wakefulness.  You cannot turn on and off your brain and body.  Your brain and body are doing amazing things while you sleep.

 

What can Poor sleep cause?

Did you know that the worse your sleep quality is, your chances of developing Alzheimer’s increase?  If you carry the APOE gene which has been shown to increase the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease ten to thirtyfold over those who do not carry it.  Sound scary?  Remember, this gene only predisposes you to Alzheimer’s, which means you can do things to stop the gene from activating.  SLEEP!

Studies have shown that sleeping fewer than six hours and staying up past midnight to be linked to obesity.  So, the more disrupted your sleep the larger your waist size!  There are two hormones that are affected when your sleep is disturbed.  The first hormone is Ghrelin which is produced in your gut.  Ghrelin acts on your brain to promote hunger.  It also plays a key role in the pleasure associated with eating.  Ghrelin makes us crave all the processed foods on full display in our shops.   The second hormone is Leptin which is produced by fat cells.  Leptin induces the feeling of fullness and puts the brakes on your appetite.  Research shows that as sleep duration goes down, ghrelin production goes up and leptin levels are reduced which is a recipe for weight gain and obesity.

The effect of poor sleep is also damaging to your heart and circulatory system.  Recent research has shown that any condition that fragments sleep has the potential to elevate blood pressure which can lead to heart attack and stroke.

Poor sleep can lead to depression and negative moods.  Frequent awakenings during the night, regardless of the cause, may contribute significantly to worsened mood and negative emotions.  Circadian rhythm disorders are frequently associated with depression and other mood disorders.  Bipolar patients can have significant issues with sleep.  Manic episodes can feature long stretches of time in which the patient is unable to sleep.

While there is evidence that poor sleep quality may be linked to a variety of cancers (prostate, oral, nasal, and colon/rectal as well as primary nervous system cancer), it is the emerging link between poor sleep and breast cancer that is the strongest.  Not only do sleep disturbances like shift work and sleep deprivation represent a potential risk factor for the development of breast cancer but research has found insufficient sleep before the diagnosis may be a predictor of treatment outcome.

A team of researchers showed disturbed sleep as a risk factor for developing autoimmune system disorders.  These conditions can produce a wide variety of disabling symptoms, such as painful and distorted joints; slowly fusing spine; dry eyes, mouth and other body parts; abnormal growth of connective tissue throughout the body, and any conditions that and cause damage to virtually any part of the body.

 

What can you do?

Now that the bad news about lack of sleep on our body and brain has been read, now let’s talk about what you can do about it.  I find in my practice that the root cause of poor sleep and its effect on all of the above diseases is stress and holding on to negative emotions.  That is where Kinesiology can help. 

Using Kinesiology, I can tap into your unconscious mind to find where and when the stress started.  Stress is an inevitable part of our lives.  In fact, stress can be good for us.  Good stress is also known as Eustress (Short-term stress). It is the stress that keeps you alive. The motivation you have to meet a goal. Eustress is also positive stress for example, studying to pass a math test.  It only lasts a short time and is easy to deal with.  Bad stress is also known as Distress (Negative Stress). It is the stress that your body goes through when it is over worked.  When we are in Distress, not only do our bodies exert a lot of energy to keep us safe, but our minds dis-integrate and our Prefrontal Lobes, which is our Executive Functioning part of our brain, is impaired and we cannot make sound decisions and we emotionally over react.

By muscle monitoring, I can find the stress on the Pineal Gland and resync the sleep cycle and mood cycles of the body.  If you are a shift worker, this is a great way of resyncing your body and mind so that you don’t lose a whole day of your few days off readjusting your body clocks.  Or if you have just come back from a traveling and suffering jet lag, come in to reset your body clocks to Perth time. 

In addition, I can look at what time your body clock is out of sync and readjust it so that the organs associated with that time can function optimally.

Don’t let stress and poor sleep affect your quality of life.  Come in for a balance and reclaim your life. 

You owe it to yourself!

 

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