Sleep deprivation is a form of torture that is effective at not only making a person miserable, but it was used heavily on prisoners of war because it’s very good at doing another thing – reducing willpower.
So do you think if a person lacks sleep and therefore willpower they might be more prone to give into junk food cravings?
The answer of course is YES! But that’s only scratching the surface. Let’s look at many of the reasons why sleep is kind of a big deal.
- Lack of sleep can cause junk food binging.
- Lack of sleep slows metabolism and increases cortisol which can lead to weight gain.
- Lack of sleep depresses the immune system making sickness more likely.
- Lack of sleep is associated with increases in depression.
- Sleep is necessary to grow brain cells and establish new learning.
I point a few of the many reasons why sleep is critical because some people feel like sleep is the one thing they can afford to sacrifice, and yet it may be one of the most
fundamental things for a healthy body, healthy relationships, and an overall happy life. Probably not things you want to give up, right?
For anyone who doesn’t want to be overweight, sick, depressed, weak, dumbed down, more prone to accidents and injuries, miserable, and die at a younger age, here are some tips you can do to maximize your sleep and enjoy a happy and fit body:
The first and most critical thing to mention is to sleep grounded. I thought about making an entire section on the health benefits of grounding (earthing) alone. What grounding does is allows you to absorb negatively charged free electrons. These electrons act as antioxidants, reduce inflammation, and will normalize circadian rhythms effectively balancing cortisol levels. Grounding is also associated with significant pain reduction. The body is electrical as well as chemical, and it’s been speculated all the electronic devices in modern times can throw off the body’s electrical systems. Grounding prevents electromagnetic radiation (which comes from computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices) from negatively affecting the body. It is quite possibly the “missing link” to good health.
I suggest simply purchasing the “Universal Mat,” and using it both during the day and sleeping on it at bedtime which is what I do.
Magnesium deficiency is extremely common and leads to insomnia. I suggest using magnesium oil or 500 mg of chelated magnesium daily as well as foods rich in magnesium like nuts and seeds.
Reduce exposure to artificial light and stimulating things like computers and TVs before bed. You can run a free program on your computer called f.lux which will effectively dim computer screens to match the background environment and helps prevent the screen from keeping you awake. Inexpensive glasses can be worn for nighttime TV watching that block out blue spectrum light so you can still watch TV without disrupting melatonin production. Dim bedroom lights if possible. Wear a sleeping mask if needed. Make sure windows are covered to prevent excess sun exposure or light exposure if an issue in the mornings. Reading or meditation is a good way to wind down. Foam ear plugs help if there’s a lot of noise.
Valerian, Passion Flower, and Chamomile help to calm the nerves and relax. Try making one of these as an herbal tea or take a quality extract. 5-htp, l-theanine, and melatonin.