Why Sleep Is So Important To Your Health

 In Health and Fitness

Low energy throughout the day? Not in the best mood? Not getting the fitness results you expect?

Let’s talk SLEEP!

Each one of us has a Body Clock inside our brains called a Circadian Rhythm.

The Circadian Rhythm influences our sleep/wake cycles, eating habits and digestion, recovery, hormone releases, energy and mood. Pretty important stuff! Historically we followed the sun cycle/rhythm where we woke up when the sun came up (lights on) and prepared to sleep when the sun went down (lights off). Light exposure, therefore, is very critical for a healthy Circadian Rhythm.

Two hormones play a big role here. Cortisol, our stress and alertness hormone and Melatonin, our sleep hormone. The goal is to have a Circadian Rhythm with higher Cortisol levels and lower Melatonin in the morning; and lower Cortisol and higher Melatonin in the evening.

WHAT TO DO:

✔️Get some sunlight exposure early in the day. This is to tell the brain that it’s time to ‘wake’.

✔️Less exposure to bright lights (blue light) at night in order to prepare for ‘sleep’ mode.

✔️Reduce stressful situations (cortisol) later at night, again to allow Melatonin to take over and induce ‘sleep’ mode.

✔️And as always please do more of your own research! There are some cool bio-hacks and devices available to help with setting an optimal Circadian Rhythm. Blue light blockers, amber lights, blue light therapy etc.

If you’re not sure about your lifestyle, book a free consultation and get a personalized health assessment!

 

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