As I’m sure you’re already aware the brain is so clever at misleading, you only have to attend a magic show to experience it. Or compare a childhood memory with a sibling, where retelling the story is uniquely different which stems not from mis-remembering but from having a different perception, i.e. the experience affected each of you differently, which is the norm.
And likewise we’re so good at avoiding discomfort around: health, relationships, not being as in-demand by kids, not reaching the level we expected in a career. Distraction tactics abound, poor coping strategies move in. We adapt and pass it off as Oh that thing… rah-rah because we don’t want to go there.
Yet as we age the more we ignore what needs to be heard the more the body/mind landscape insists on taking it’s message along a scale that starts at subtle and tango’s it way into a full-whack of ailments.
Life is a slippery little sucker, it takes us up seemingly blind-alleys, but all roads do lead to Rome and as illogical as it seems at times, you are where you are, and with the right mindset it could turn out to be exactly where you ought to be.
Giving yourself a hard time over what isn’t… is a complete waste of energy… and as we age our energy depletes, so we need to get savvy. And what you do with where you are is what needs your focus.
What are your go-to tools for change and how are you implementing them? What you know needs addressing does require some upheaval, but it’s much better that you’re in control of what and when than the upheaval that forces itself on you when you ignore what’s going on and your health degenerates.
Life is all about change, yet we’re wired against it, that’s the conundrum. Life’s sense of humour is always ready with the banana-skin
I recently watched Scorsese’s bio-doc on George Harrison All Things Must Pass and although it would be easy to accuse him of living a life of privilege I feel his gift was in knowing what to do with it. George was the Beatle who:
- Knew who he was even at school
- Was an incredibly passionate musician before the band got big
- Taught John to play with 6-strings instead of four
- Said let’s stop playing live because no-one’s listening
- Said let’s break up the band because we’re not those four kids anymore
- Refused to play the fame-game
So what has this to do with sleep rhythms? Well when all manner of other elements are running-amok sleep patterns can so easily fall out-of-sync. Also when you’re your own boss with flexible or unsociable hours, it’s another pressure, where as much as we hear about arranging life around our preferred schedule these days, it’s not always possible or healthy. Choosing when to work is one thing and when to sleep another, but they easily overlap particularly with a more flexible lifestyle.
Being out-of-sync with yourself, your body clock and your health can happen very quickly, along with any snowballing stress triggers we looked at in Dr Hamer’s two phases of disease explained here.
Life happens and over time the emotional and physical stressors take hold. Poor quality sleep patterns 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. Here’s a link to scroll through a short video series that describes how quickly sleep patterns can get skewed.
Having a good night’s sleep
Sleep along with movement, a naturally nourishing eating regime and healthy emotional state 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 levels that become restricted when life goes into the downward spiral.
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 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:
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.
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