Sleep rhythms can so easily fall out-of-sync, especially if you’re your own boss, have flexible or unsociable hours.
It’s another pressure, and as much as we hear about arranging life around our preferred schedule these days, it’s not always possible or healthy.
Obviously choosing when to work, is one thing and choosing when to sleep is something quite different, and yet they can overlap, especially when there are no boundaries, except your own. But getting out of sync with yourself, your body clock and your health can happen so subtlety that you hardly notice it at all, until…
Here’s a link to a short video series that describes how quickly sleep patterns can get skewed.
Life happens and over time the emotional and physical stressors take hold. Poor quality sleep patterns that can be enough to cause weight gain and a slower metabolism. The impact often comes from managing everyone else’s expectations, i.e. the children, the ex, work, extended family, etc.
Lots of plates to juggle.
Having a good night’s sleep
Sleep along with movement, and nourishing food keeps you young and supple, otherwise your immune, endocrine, and central nervous system, will go into overdrive.
A good night’s sleep has all manner of benefits, that can realign you within a night or two, because it boosts your vitality, that can get restricted when life goes into overdrive.
The blue light
As we age we need to be mindful of our lifestyle patterns where sleep is one of many changes that you are in control of.
Good quality sleep reduces the stress hormones, and the reasons for turning off the electronic devices before heading to bed are better explained here, it’s all about blue light, found in the human eye:
Instead getting into the routine of prioritising sleep as a standard health reserve is a better way to think of it.
You may even be undergoing perimenopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, frequent peeing in the night, nightsweats and/or a myriad of other symptoms that set you up for a disturbed night’s sleep.
This can leave you feeling exhausted the following day, due to missing out on all the stages of sleep
And once this becomes an established pattern you’ll miss out on the multi-layered benefits of sleep and it’s replenishing properties. Over time you start running on empty, and this bumps into all manner of stress-related symptoms, i.e. memory lapses, loss of concentration, low libido, confusion, etc.
Obviously sleep deprivation can be due to a myriad of reasons, and it’s important to return to having a decent night’s sleep as quickly as possible, otherwise you end up running on empty.
The circadian body clock
Let’s have a look at the Circadian Body Clock that was referred to earlier, where light is shown to be the main driving factor.
Our genes switch on and off accordingly and when we continue looking at electronic devices the brain is lured into staying awake past what is our night-and-daylight-driven-natural-patterns-for-sleeping-and-waking.
Circadian rhythms can influence sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, body temperature and other important bodily functions, and have been linked to various sleep disorders, such as insomnia.
Abnormal circadian rhythms have also been associated with obesity, diabetes, depression, bipolar disorder and seasonal affective disorder
National Institute Of General Medical Sciences
We have a number of body clocks that are centrally controlled by the Circadian Rhythm, and this is an area of genetic research that is being studied to improve, sleep, jet lag and other health issues.
When you want to be less stressed, feel healthier and avoid broken sleep, then creating new habits around your sleeping habits is one avenue worth exploring. It’s something you can do tonight and it ought to start restoring your barometer for better energy and vitality, and who knows what else.
If you need support to achieve that, especially where you have a lot of stress-based plates spinning right now, it’s only natural to draft in some help and that’s where I come in. I can help you create something different, and it starts with a chat that you can arrange here…
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