Healthy sleep habits
Our human bodies, like Mother Nature, function according to natural cycles, body rhythms commonly called the circadian rhythm or the biological clock.
The circadian rhythm is a 24-hour cycle that tells our bodies when to sleep and regulates many other physiological processes. This internal body clock is affected by environmental cues, like sunlight and temperature. When one’s circadian rhythm is disrupted, sleeping and eating patterns can be disturbed.
Disruptions of the natural functions of our biological clock due to improper habits and incorrect sleeping patterns cause many different diseases. When our bodies are out of balance and not functioning in harmony with nature, nothing seems to feel right.
This is because hormones, chemicals and neurotransmitters that determine our energy levels, vitality, and how we feel, sleep and eat are out of sync. In other words, we are imbalanced and out of tune with our biological clock and going against the natural harmony established by Mother Nature. Prior to the widespread use of electricity people would go to bed shortly after sunset, as most animals do and which Nature intended for humans as well. The best hours of sleep for your body are the hours of 10 pm – 6 am.
One is likely to feel more refreshed with 5 hours of sleep between 10 pm and 3 am than with 5 (or more) hours sleep that do not begin until 3 am. This is the reason why we still feel tired despite sleeping between 8 and 10 hours when we go to bed much later than 10 pm.
9.00 pm – 11.00 pm: At this time, your body eliminates toxic chemicals from the immune system (lymph nodes). The best time is to go in bed and asleep before 8 pm, good enough before 9pm, latest before 10 pm it is still healthy. Generally in some sense from 8pm till 10pm rest our intelligence, ability to make Balanced and Healthy decisions. From 10pm till 12 mid night rest our mind, ability to think and contemplate. Ability to cope, digest and show in healthy way our emotions. From 12 mid night rest our growth material body.
11.00 pm – 1.00 am: This is the time your liver eliminates poisons and rejuvenates itself. It is best to be sound asleep by 9 pm or 10 pm for your body to properly execute this important function.
12.00 midnight – 4.00 am: this is the time your bone marrow produces blood.
1.00 am – 3.00 am: This is the time your gall bladder eliminates toxins and rejuvenates itself.
3.00 am – 5.00 am: This is the time your lungs eliminate toxins and rejuvenate themselves.
4.00 am – 7.00 am: This is the time your colon eliminates poisons and rejuvenates itself. This is the proper time to empty your bowel.
7.00 am – 9.00 am: This is the time that vitamins, minerals, proteins and nutrients are absorbed in your small intestines. Definitely it is healthy to eat breakfast at this time.
Type of Sleep
Sleep is a cycle of phases, a shift back and forth between rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-REM sleep. During REM sleep, memories and thoughts from the day are processed; it is the stage of sleep in which vivid dreams occur. During non-REM sleep, many restorative functions occur. In the deepest phase of non-REM sleep (known as slow-wave sleep), the brain recovers from its daily activities and hormones are released, which help the body rebuild itself from damage done during the day.
After you fall asleep, you cycle through 90-minutes of non-REM sleep followed by REM sleep.
Therefor going to bed too late, then, will deprive you of some of the restorative functions that non-REM sleep normally provides.
There makes alot of sense to the proverb
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise”