Sleep can never be categorised as a boring topic to discuss. 8 out of 10 people love to sleep at any time of the day. For some sleeping is one of the best relaxation techniques.
An old adage says ‘Early to bed, Early to rise, Make a man healthy, wealthy and wise’. How true is this phrase? Is it alright to sleep late and wake up late?
In this digital world….the bedtime for most people has changed drastically. Mobile phones, laptop, work pressure, deadlines and online markets have captured most of the sleep time leading to sleep issues for most. I have many clients who have everything in life but not good sleep.
We all know Good sleep is very necessary for good health and to live long years. Lack of sleep or sleeping late can reduce your cognitive power, ages your skin faster, leads to weight gain, increased risk of death and also impairs judgment and decision making ability.
While sleep requirements vary from person to person, most adults require about 7-8hours of sleep. Children and teens need even more. But, yes the quality of sleep is more important than quantity of sleep.
We have an amazing biological clock given by nature inside our body. Various functions occur in our body when we are sleeping. The most important function is detoxification which happens during our sleep hours.
So ideally between 11 pm to 3 am….most of our blood circulation concentrates in our liver. The liver gets larger when filled with more blood. This is the time when liver undergoes detoxification process. But, if you cannot sleep during this hour, the liver cannot perform its function smoothly.
Later you sleep lesser the body detoxifies and keeps accumulating toxins in the body leading to weight gain, ageing, greying hair, belly fat, low immunity, multiple organ disorders and impure blood too.
Have you ever noticed when you go to bed very late…you end up feeling tired and lazy the next day? Why does this happen?
In yoga practice, it is advised to wake up as early as 4 am and 5 am and exercise. Why is that?
Because between 3-5am, most of the blood circulation is concentrated in the lungs. Breathing fresh air and exercise during this time is good. As per yoga, this is called Brahma Muhurat. During this time, the air is fresh, the mind is calm and stable and there is very less pollution.
Between -5-7am most of the blood circulation concentrates in the large intestine. This is the right time to Poop. Pass out all unwanted toxins from the body, preparing the body to absorb good nutrients during the rest of the day.
From 7-9am most of the blood circulation concentrates in the stomach. This is a good time to have breakfast and digest food well. Having healthy breakfast is a great way to start the day.
Have you ever noticed the daily routine of our grandparents? No matter what happens they sleep early and wake up early and carry out their routine work. This is the only reason they are so fresh, energetic and healthier even in the old age as they have followed their biological clock.
If you go against nature, things will turn out bad!
Some helpful tips to support your liver and get a good night sleep.
- Drinking lemon water in the morning
- Choose cruciferous veggies in the day for their liver supporting properties
- Try to express emotions in the best way rather than suppressing it as the liver is somewhere connected to your emotions too
- Have a light dinner and keep a gap of 2hours before bed
- Turn off the phone, laptop, Ipad for one hour before bedtime Use this time as ME time by reading books, meditation, reflection and yes chatting with family members
- Avoid stimulants like caffeine and sugar post 5 pm
- Practice yoga
- Have warm milk at bedtime to get good sleep as it enhances the production of sleep hormone.