Sleep is a basic biological necessity, just like eating. It has an impact on every aspect of your health and your life, and feeling tired should never be considered normal! In fact, there are so many reasons why 8 solid hours of good sleep is recommended for adults! But what exactly is sleep and how can we master the art?
When you think about it, it’s easy to understand why it is said that sleeping is both an art and a science.
The science of sleep is obvious – during a being’s sleep the body heals, repairs, detoxifies and helps build energy for the next day. To explain this a little further and give us some food for thought, we asked renowned naturopath, herbalist and friend of Artisan House, Anthia Koullouros of Ovvio Organics. Here’s what she had to say:
” Sleep forms part of our circadian rhythms, our sleep/wake cycle.These biological rhythms are involved in hormone regulation, neurotransmitter production and synthesis, appetite regulation, fertility and physical strength.
“ Melatonin, our ‘sleep, growth and repair’ hormones is secreted from the pineal gland, a small gland in the brain, in response to levels of light and dark, regulating sleep and wakefulness.
“ What are the main culprits in the disruption of circadian rhythms?
- Jet lag – affecting people traveling across several time zones.
- Shift work – affecting people who work nights or on rotation.
- Parental sleep deprivation and tending to a newborn.
- Stimulants, drinking copious amounts of water/tea before bed and carbohydrates/desserts before bed.
- Room temperature – too hot or too cold.
- Stress, anxiety and worry.
- Nightmares and dreams.
- Excessive light – computers and electronics before bedtime, too many lights on in the house, not enough morning sunshine.
“ The following lifestyle and naturopathic tips will help you tune into your natural circadian rhythm:
- Wind down with the sun. This allows cortisol to taper off and make way for melatonin.
- Sleep by 10pm (greatest surge of melatonin).
- Wake with the sun.
- Remove all electrical items from your room – even alarm clocks and mobile phones. Keep them just outside. Electromagnetic fields are stressors that interfere with healthy sleep rhythms.
- Eat by 8pm, allowing enough time to commence digestion before sleeping at 10.
- Keep your room very dark. Block out any light, even a little will interfere with the release of melatonin.”
It is probably a fine line that divides and at the same time connects the science and art of peaceful slumber. Sleep normally lies in the sanctuary of the bedroom, where so many factors play a part: from the room ambience, temperature, sounds and scents to bedding and one’s sleepwear.
Have you read about Bhumi Organics, an Australian brand that ethically make a beautiful range of bedding and sleepwear from the softest and purest certified organic cotton? Their new sleepwear range has been designed to help you create the perfect environment for your body and mind, making your nights’ sleep more comfortable and peaceful.
WIN an Artisan House Art of Sleep Prize Pack
We have some Ovvio Chamomile Nights Organic Tea, courtesy of Ovvio Organics and a pyjama set courtesy of Bhumi Organics to GIVE AWAY to one lucky winner. To go into the running to win this prize, click here, submit your details and share your secret to a wholesome slumber.
Winner to be contacted on 02/05/2015.