3 questions to ask yourself honestly
“Integrative medicine is the judicious application of both conventional and evidence-based natural therapies. Dr Andrew Weil
The coronavirus has put the entire world on high alert in a way that we haven’t seen in a long time. At moments like this, it’s important to remain calm, observe the facts, and reorient ourselves around what we know is critical for promoting physical health.
Many are looking for special solutions against the coronavirus. People want the secret formula or vaccine that will guarantee their immunity. However, the keys to safeguarding our health are relatively simple but not always easy!
While I certainly hope that the pandemic subsides quickly, I wanted to remind us of one essential remedy in particular – sleep!
“Sleep has been provided by nature to do the body’s healing work, and it takes seven or eight hours for this process to happen.” Suzanne Somers
Great sleep is critical for bolstering immune system performance and safeguarding our physical well-being. When we sleep well, we give our bodies a chance to rest, recover, and reset for the coming day.
During sleep, our immune systems release critical proteins into our bloodstreams that help reduce inflammation and battle infections. Sleep deprivation weakens our immune system and our ability to produce the infection-fighting antibodies we need to combat illnesses.
We all probably know this from personal experience.
Can you think of a time when you got sick immediately after a few days of short sleep? I can think of many times in my life when this happened to me, especially while working long, stressful hours.
And what about when you are sick? What helps you heal quickly? LOTS of rest. We find it hard to stay awake when we have a bad cold or virus because our bodies are craving sleep.
“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” Hippocrates
To be clear, I’m not saying that sleep is all you need to avoid getting sick. And it’s not the only thing you need to heal when you are ill. But sleep does help significantly. There is no denying that reality. It’s an opportunity to becoming your best!
With that in mind, I wanted to leave you with a few thoughts for the coming week, which also happens to be Sleep Awareness Week!
- What patterns do you notice about your physical health?
I encourage all of you to reflect on your history with sickness to see if you can identify any trends or commonalities.
Do you often get sick after a big deadline at work?
How about after extended travel or overseas flights?
After a late-night out on the town?
I expect many of you to be able to tie past illnesses with periods of low sleep. Sleep deprivation may not be the immediate cause of sickness, but it certainly increases your risk of catching viruses or bugs from others.
2. When you are sick, do you proactively choose sleep?
Many people consider sickness to be a symptom of living in an increasingly connected world. Although there is some truth to this, it doesn’t mean that we have zero power over our physical health.
When these individuals get sick, they continue living, as usual, expecting their bodies to boot out the virus when it’s done with its work. However, this prolongs illness and enables it to impact our lives for longer than it would otherwise.
There is nothing glorious about ignoring sickness and pretending it doesn’t have any power over you. Instead, humbly accept that your body needs rest and actively choose sleep! Getting rest and sleeping longer than usual is not something to be ashamed about at all. In fact, good sleep will help you get back on your feet more quickly.
3. Do you treat sleep as an investment in your health or a “quick fix” for problems?
Some of you may recognize that sleep is crucial for physical healing. But, once you’re back to normal, sleep becomes secondary to the other priorities in your life.
Great sleep is not something you pursue only when you need it most. It’s the foundation upon which all pillars of health stand. Your mental, physical (including heart health!), emotional, and spiritual health are all intimately connected to health.
Getting great sleep every night is a worthwhile investment in your overall well-being that boosts your body’s performance so that you can get the most out of every single day. If you treat sleep as a short-term bandaid, you miss out on all of the tremendous benefits that it can add to your life.
Want to learn more about the many ways that sleep improves our lives?
If you missed our webinars and you’re available during Sleep Awareness Week (March 8-14), join me on my webinars called, The Secret of Sleep.
Shh! It’s a secret but you can tell EVERYONE!
The Secret of Sleep webinar-3 Mar 11th 2pm Pacific:
The Secret of Sleep webinar-4 Mar 12th 11am Pacific: