I slept really well this weekend - better than usual. I'm attributing it to binge watching Flash Episodes before bed. :) My kids and I cranked out 13 episodes in the past 3 days. But I can't rely on watching tv as a sleep aid.
Instead I usually read non-fiction in bed. No matter how interested I am in the material, I generally can't last more than 15 minutes. Perfect! Enough to get content I can absorb, then it's nighty-night.
When my eldest was born, it took me awhile to realize how important daily structure is for a child. Then my own exhaustion as a new mom forced me to re-evaluate her routine.
A newborn basically has only 4 functions - eat, sleep, eliminate, and play.
As adults, those 4 functions still hold true. Yet, the quality of each diminish over time cuz life gets so busy.
How often do we stick to eating what our body needs to thrive? Not what makes us feel good - sugar, carbs, alcohol.
That directly contributes to our ability to eliminate effectively.
Do we remember to "play" every day? Do we even know what we enjoy anymore?
How many strive to get the 8-9 hours we know we need to thrive?
Modern society extols the virtues of cramming as much as possible into a day. Claiming that sleep can wait until you die.
Uh, sorry, folks. Hate to break it to you but if that were true, we would have evolutionarily selected out the need for 8-9 hours of sleep thousands of years.
Our bodies have the extraordinary capacity to adapt to less sleep. The problem arises when we assume this adaptability means that we don't need as much as we think.
Au contraire, mon frere.
Studies show that chronic sleep deprivation shortens life span, contributes to weight gain, and increases the risk of many health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and depression.
And, of course, hormonal regulation.
Studies show that women who average a healthy amount of sleep each night (about 7 – 9 hours) had more optimal FSH levels than women who averaged six or fewer hours per night by as much as 20%.
Melatonin, the grand puba hormone responsible for regulating sleep, is responsible for protecting eggs when they are close to ovulation, guarding against free-radicals and other degenerative bad boys. But melatonin gets disrupted with artificial light exposure at night including tv, cell phones, and other electronic devices. This, in turn, can prevent your eggs from getting the protection they need, resulting in damaged eggs that are then rejected by the body or can wind up being the cause of a miscarriage.
Moral of the story is to get your 8-9 hours of quality beauty sleep. Your eggs (and sperm) will thank you for it.
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