At the very foundation of a healthy life, we need good food, clean water, and quality sleep.
You may hear about the recommended (mandatory?) 8-hour sleep we should get — which is not false — but are you getting quality sleep for those 8 hours?
The question is: do you feel rested upon waking up?
Are you alert and productive during the day?
Quality sleep, even if it is less than 8 hours (because every body is unique and will require different amounts), will give you the rest that your body needs to function at its optimum.
Most people in the US are walking around without adequate sleep, either because they did not get the proper amount, or the proper quality. Over time, this state of sleep deprivation can effect your immune system which may lead to undesirable long term or serious health problems.
There are so many reasons why you may be not getting the sleep your body needs. An over-scheduled life, excessive stress, imbalanced hormones, poor diet, poor sleeping habits are just some of the common causes of insomnia.
So, how can you get proper quality sleep that you need?
The body needs deep rest when the nervous system can go into repair mode while we are sleeping. All day long, when we are awake and alert, we overload the nervous system with stimuli required for the fight-flight (survival) mechanism. When healthy and in balance, the well rested nervous system works in harmony and our mind and body function well. We are energized, alert and productive. We are able to enjoy and create the life we want.
If the body does not get the rest it requires, however, we are in constant survival mode that does not turn off for that needed rest and repair mode. The parasympathetic nervous system – our rest and digest system – can’t function at its optimum. We only get by with what is crucial for survival and end up with a tired body, a fatigued mind, and a relatively negative experience in daily life.
Recent research has implicated that impaired parasympathetic nervous function is responsible for a wide range of autoimmune diseases, including arthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
How can we foster our parasympathetic nervous system while we sleep?
There are lots of ways, most of them require that we decrease stress stimuli during our daily lives.
How are YOU decreasing stress in your life?
Are you prioritizing your health by allowing your body and mind to rest?
Are you taking a break from electronics, choosing healthy foods, exercising our body?
Are you getting the support you need in your life?
Are you implementing tools that can help you further decrease stress?
Where does acupuncture come in?
Acupuncture, like other forms of natural medicine, works to help the body find its natural balance.
Research has proved that acupuncture helps reduce stress by stimulating the release of oxytocin, a hormone and signaling substance that regulates the parasympathetic nervous system. It is a safe and effective tool that helps our body find its own equilibrium for that quality sleep we all need and deserve.
Because the body knows how to heal itself, a natural form of therapy like acupuncture can put your body back into balance. When rest and relaxation can be restored, better sleep quality can be achieved.
Want to give acupuncture a try?
Come to our Group Acupuncture Workshop on August 26 @ Bexley Yoga Studio. Registration is open, and space is limited. Sign up soon, right here.