Who doesn’t want a good night’s sleep? It recharges you for the next day, it gives your enzymes and hormones the green light to repair and restore cells and muscles. And as researchers now tell us, it’s also essential for clearing out the metabolic garbage that builds up in our brain during the course of the day.
It’s no surprise that people who get a full, deep night’s sleep – on a regular basis – are much healthier, on average, than those who don’t. Wish you could join their ranks? You can. Here’s a topline on how to use light, to help you take back the night – and snooze happily through it.
Finding deep, restorative sleep can be challenging after a long day, whether you are active or sedentary. Monotonous movement — or lack thereof — at work or home can create tension and pressure on the joints and spine. A gentle yoga routine performed before bedtime can help quiet the mind, lower stress and blood pressure, release muscle tension, and loosen stiff joints.
In these pressure-cooker times, with so many people feeling over-stressed and under-slept, is it any wonder that depression, burn-out, and chronic illness are considered routine costs of getting through life? With every corner we cut, in the way we eat, rest and move, we push ourselves further away from the natural rhythms that should be guiding our daily lives.
Why is it that so many of us have such a hard time falling asleep, staying asleep and reaping the restorative benefits of good, quality shut-eye? As I often tell my patients, one reason is that many of us are failing at sleep is because most of us are making sleep-stealing mistakes all day long, which wind up training our bodies how not to sleep well at night.