As with any other machines, the body of an average human being also needs to rest to ensure optimum performance and vibrancy. In fact, your whole self needs replenishment and relaxation to maintain a state of good health and well being.
Sleeping is one way of resting your whole system from the daily hustle of life.
What you want to do is to sleep full sleep cycles.
The body’s full sleep cycle is one-and-a-half hours, so the best sleep habit would be to sleep in increments of 1.5 hours. For example: 3 hours, 4.5 hours, 6 hours, 7.5 hours, 9 hours, and so forth.
People were led to believe that they need to sleep eight hours per night. However, if you consider the full sleep cycle, would this really be conducive to good rest?
I have experimented on this extensively, and here are some of my findings:
Every time I woke up in the middle of a sleep cycle, I felt tired and literally dragged myself around all day long — even when I slept eight or, more, 10 hours. But when I slept full sleep cycles, even when I slept only 3 hours that night, I felt energetic and ready to go when I woke up in the morning. Every single time.
There are many controversial opinions about sleep patterns and how many hours one should sleep each night. What I have to say about it is this...
We are all different, unique, beings and have different needs. AND, we have different needs in different moments of our lives. So, do what works for you and listen to your body as it will guide you to do what you need to stay healthy and balanced.
If, one day or another or for a period of time, you find yourself in need of sleeping more than your personal usual, give yourself that extra rest. You may be in a moment of your life when you're processing more than the usual, and your body may need the extra resting time to rejuvenate and keep up with the added strain.
Another habit that is conducive to health is to be asleep by 11 pm.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, our bodies follow a strict daily schedule of self-care, regenerating and regulating various organs and systems at specific times of day and night. The Chinese have a chart that lays down those patterns and which is called the Chinese Clock.
From 11pm to 1 am is gallbladder time, according to the Chinese Clock.
Among other things, the gallbladder aids in decision-making and lays the foundation for the work of the Liver — one of them being planning — which comes next in the Chinese Clock from 1am to 3am.
Everyday we process what happened during the day, and decide what to do for the next day. Our subconscious mind has a much greater processing capacity than our conscious mind. So, being asleep at these times eases the job of these organs and helps to maintain the health of your entire being, besides leading to more efficiency the next day.
In addition to sleeping, there are many other ways to rest and relax:
Soaking in a warm tub with your favorite scents and salts will relax your whole body and get you ready for a good night sleep. (If you are pregnant, be careful with soaking in a tub as it could lead the body into premature and undesirable labor activities. If you are pregnant, always consult with your doctor before engaging in any activities, even if you were used to doing them before you got pregnant.)
Taking a day off to lounge and read an inspiring book may just do the trick.
What are some of the things you enjoy?
When choosing, make sure to select whatever brings you the most ease and pleasure.
Even if you cannot take a longer break, give yourself whatever breaks you can get. Once in a while it is essential to turn off, relax and replenish before you get to the point of burn out.
Remember, even machines burn or break, and need to be turned off once in a while. So do you.
Your routine and schedule needs to be planned in such a way that will allow for sufficient rest, while compelling productivity.
If you need, get expert help to design routines that will empower and support you in staying balanced and healthy.
Besides consciously moving your body in pleasurable ways, also consider choosing real healing over the magic pill. This is key to being healthy and vibrant.
There are some truly amazing healing systems and practitioners who have the ability to tap into and address the cause of ailments. They may be able to help you heal from the inside out, so that you can get back and stay in the land of healthy as your natural state of being. Just as nature intended.
However, have in mind that going back to nature can be a very intensive game plan, specially depending on how far away you've come from it. So, be gentle with yourself and implement these suggestions slowly.
Being healthy, basically boils down to cultivating good habits that promote wellness. It takes time, effort and persistence to build something that is truly valuable. Just keep moving forward, one baby step at a time. From dis-ease back to ease.
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