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SLEEP & IMMUNITY
The final part of our 3-part immunity series is here! How to boost your immune system BEFORE the cold and flu season hits.
First week, we talked about nutrition and immunity and I gave you a few foods/spices to focus on starting now. Second week, we discussed the link between physical activity (or lack of) and immunity.
This week, the ever elusive goodnights sleep. So many of us have trouble sleeping. Whether it's falling asleep, staying asleep, or not getting enough of it. Most likely, you or someone you know struggles with this.
You can find a ton of scientific data that backs the link between sleep and health. And if you have good health, you have good immunity. Studies have shown that with lack of sleep, our body actually makes less of what's called Cytokins (fighter cells in the body). That means, we're more susceptible to immunity and inflammation. Lack of sleep also increases risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Bad deal! So what is a "goodnight's sleep" and how to combat common sleep issues? Glad you asked! Keep reading to find out!
During a healthy night's sleep, we go through 3 stages. These stages of sleep take us through REM (dreaming) and NON-REM (non-dreaming) states-each of which are crucial and equally important. Within those stages we enter different brain wave patters (Alpha-Delta) and each stage has its unique healing propensity and quality. That last one-Delta-is the state where the physical body heals and regenerates. This is our deep dreamless state.
SIDE NOTE: when practiced regularly and correctly, Nidra brings you to this Delta state and when held (without falling asleep), 15-20 minutes of Nidra here is equivalent to 60 minutes of sleep! Just one of the reasons I'm so passionate about leading this form of meditation and continuing my studies of the powerful practice.
Okay, back to our regularly scheduled topic ;)
Here's the thing, we say we don't have enough hours in the day to get 7-8 hours of sleep but....isn't it a priority issue? Do you prioritize your health and well-being? If you don't have your health, you have nothing! You can't enjoy life, work, take care of your family, etc. So you must put your health first. No one else will! So...if this is your issue, I encourage you to take a long hard look at your daily schedule and attempt to re-arrange it. Where can you let go of something to get to bed earlier or sleep a little later? Where can you delegate? We have to be efficient with our time. Time management is key to setting up any goal.
If you have trouble falling asleep try this:
If you have trouble staying asleep, maybe:
*if nothing works after several weeks, could be a hormonal issue and in that case have your levels checked.
I have several Yoga Nidra audio meditations in my online studio of varying lengths.
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