Your Life By Design
September 18, 2021
The secret to rejuvenation is renewal. Lack of sleep has both negative and physical effects on you. It affects your day-to-day functioning. Getting enough quality sleep is essential. If you don’t, you’ll feel groggy and exhausted, very emotional and your health becomes weakened.
1. RENEWAL – Renewal is rejuvenation
·  Stress management rituals
·  Wind down rituals 
·  Avoid all electronics and screens before bed
·  A safe sleeping environment in a cool dark room 
The secret to renewal is rest and restoration that leads to rejuvenation. 
How Lack of Sleep Affects Your Health
Lack of sleep has both negative and physical effects on you. It affects your day-to-day functioning. Getting enough quality sleep is essential. If you don’t, you’ll feel groggy and exhausted, very emotional and your health becomes weakened. You increase your risk of heart disease and other health problems such as:
1. Sleep Apnea, a respiratory problem that interrupts sleep, and can lead to many health problems if left untreated.

a. Heart attack and stroke. People with sleep apnea have a higher risk of having a heart attack. Sleep apnea disrupts how your body gets oxygen, making it hard for your brain to control blood flow in your arteries and the brain.

b. Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is common to people who have sleep apnea. If you are obese, your risk for both sleep apnea and diabetes are higher. 

c. High blood pressure. Sleep apnea can make high blood pressure worse. When you can’t breathe well in your sleep, your levels of oxygen in your blood drops, increasing your blood pressure. High blood pressure increases your risk of having a stroke.

d. Weight gain. Extra pounds raise your chances of getting sleep apnea. Having sleep apnea makes it harder to slim down.

e. Lack of focus. Your lack of sleep can cause you to feel groggy, raising your risk of falling asleep at your desk or behind the wheel of your car.

f. Lower sex drive. Men with sleep apnea often have low testosterone levels.

2.  Cells appear 10 years older. Lack of sleep can lead to lackluster skin, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes. Chronic lack of sleep allows the body to release the excess stress hormone cortisol which breaks down skin collagen that keeps skin smooth and elastic.

3.  Depression and anxiety. People who don’t get enough sleep are ten times more likely to develop depression and anxiety disorders.

4.  Decreased immune function and greater risk for illness. According to the Mayo Clinic, when you don’t get enough sleep your immune system decreases, increasing your risks for catching the flu and common colds.

5. Increased risk of heart attack, angina and stroke. Long-standing sleeplessness is associated with increased heart rate, increase in blood pressure and higher levels of certain chemicals linked with inflammation that can put extra strain on your heart.

6. Increased risk of accidents and death. Lack of sleep affects your concentration, making it harder to stay focused when driving.

7.  Increased risk for breast cancer. A connection between shorter sleep patterns and an increased risk or recurrence of breast cancer tumours has been found.

8. High blood pressure. Hypertension can be linked to shorter sleep cycles.
9. Obesity. People who tend to sleep less are more likely to overeat and make poor food choices.
10. Lack of sex drive. Men and women who don’t get enough sleep or quality sleep often have lower libidos and are less interested in sex.

11. Increases stress. Lack of sleep contributes to more stress, which in turn leads to less sleep.
12. Disturbs good mood that effect relationships. Those who get a poor night’s sleep often feel irritable and moody, which they often project onto others.
It’s amazing what happens when such a simple thing as closing our eyes and sleeping doesn’t occur. Our physical, mental and emotional health all suffer, as well as our relationships and our work.
Stress Management Rituals
Everyone has some form of stress. It’s how we respond to daily life. Too much of it can cause us to have sleep problems. The trick is to learn how to de-stress before seeking your bed to get better sleep.
Here are ten ways to de-stress:

1. Determine what is stressful. To get a handle on stress you have to figure out what is causing it. Take a look at your daily activities to determine what is causing you stress. Then take steps to reduce those stressors.

2. Get social support. Make it a point to spend time with family and friends as often as you can. It can be helpful to share your problems with these people who care about you. 

3. Practice thought management. Learn to change the thought patterns that produce stress. What you think, what you expect, how you think, and what you tell yourself can help you manage stress. Use commercial audiotapes or books to help you learn to control your thoughts.

4. Exercise. Without a doubt, exercise is a great stress reliever. It can help you blow off steam. Flexible, loose muscles are less likely to become tight in response to stress. Make sure you exercise at least three hours before you plan to sleep. The type of exercise you do doesn’t really matter as long as it gets you moving and focusing on something other than your worries.

5. Eat a healthy diet. Filling your body with comforting junk food and refined sugars in response to stress can leave you feeling sluggish and with low energy. A healthy diet, one that is low in sugar, caffeine and alcohol can reduce your stress

6. Relax with essential oils and aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is effective for people having trouble sleeping. Use a diffuser with natural oils such as lavender, chamomile, sandalwood or rose. There are several studies that show inhaling the scents of plants or essential oils helps reduce anxiety. Drinking tea made from lavender, vanilla chamomile or lemon balm produces similar results.

7. Use relaxation techniques. There are different types of relaxation techniques you can use to calm your mind before you drift off to sleep. They include:

a. Yoga poses 

b. Meditation or Mindfulness 

c.  Tap into a higher power. 

8.  Muscle relaxation 

9. Breathing techniques. 

10. Get Intimate. If you’re in a committed relationship, engage in intimate conversation or sexual activity. This can            lead to stress relief.

Wind down Rituals

   Planning your bedtime routine and making your bedroom a place that encourages sleep are just the beginning to     getting quality sleep. Avoid heavy exercise, snacking and anything that stimulates your body or mind within an        
   hour of bedtime.

Avoid electronics and screens before bed

    A safe sleeping environment in a cool dark room 

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