Detox Your Brain

Sleep holds the magic to Support your biology for natural wellness; rejuvenate your brain for thinking; create and ignite inspired action.

 Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

 
 

Humans need a good night of sleep to revitalize, repair and grow.  Humans need all of this at every age.   Night time sleep time is when your brain and body do most of their detoxification function. 

Your body is programmed in sync with Mother Earth to naturally ebb and flow with the cycles of daylight and nighttime called circadian rhythms.  Sleeping well at night is natural for your body. 

Life itself seems to be the culprit intervening between you and good sleep.  Misleading yourself to think insomnia, awaking mid night’s sleep and unable to get back to slumber land is normal is nonsense and counterproductive to your well-being.

American life is often jammed with too much stimulation for the human body to calm down and stay asleep.  The rise of the stimulant epidemic in America from opioids, energy drinks, alcohol, sugar, recreational drugs and EMFs is taking a toll on the body’s ability to get a good night of shut eye.   Even when external exhaustion is felt and sleep is welcomed, Americans may generally tend to be internally wired and unable to fall asleep or stay asleep.

Micronutrient deprivation, late meals, and chronic infections like EBVand SIBO magnify internal physical and mental stress from stimulants and poor stress management.  Taking care at a deep level and reversing personal sleep deprivation can be supportive for health including cardiovascular function mood/anxiety/depressive disorders, immunity, obesity, memory/mental cognition, cancer and Diabetes prevention. 

Left undone, the price to pay for toxin build up is more eventual distress opening the way for dis-ease to manifest.  The brain and body’s flushing of unwanted metabolites during good long sleep may protect you from neuro-degeneration and unhealthy inflammation.

Tam’s Five Tips for Better Sleep Hygiene:

1.  Have your last meal of the day be your lightest.  Don’t eat several hours before desired sleep.  The more you arrange life to allow for three hours or more between your last meal of the day and sleep the better.  When you go to bed with undigested food in your upper Gastrointestinal (GI) tract, your liver will be working more on digestion than the other 499 functions it performs.  Your liver is your body’s chief detoxifier.

2.  Turn off your devices and TV a couple of hours before bedtime.  There are a million ways to invest in your evening rather than being behind a screen.  Try reading a book with a spine, packing your lunch for tomorrow or preparing some other good food for the next day, taking a bubble bath, reading to your kids, playing board games with your family, play a musical instrument… you get the idea!

3.  Gently stretch.  I don’t advise a heavy workout, full yoga or Pilates routine, but a gentle stretching regimen or light activity helps to release the stress of the day and muscle tension.

4.  Aromatheraphy.  There is much to be gained when you understand the methods and combinations of essential oils that can be conducive to creating relaxation for great sleep.  Perhaps a few drops of lavender oil in a diffuser or spray bottle with distilled water will calm your nerves and incite relaxation. 

5.  Meditation is a basis for optimal well-beingThere are books, CD/DVDs, and YouTube videos to guide you toward a practice you come back to daily.  Get started setting aside ten minutes daily to quiet your mind and focus on your breath, letting stress float away.   

Gentle consistent persistence is the key to retrain your body and mind toward a healthy practice of good sleep hygiene.  Help your Body, Mind & Spirit release tension keeping you away from restorative sleep.  Side effects are likely to include better energy and performance all day, better mood, and better relationships.  Have a Really Good Night!