Rest Well, Be Well
by Michael S. Tyrrell
January 19, 2021
Happy Tuesday, Wholetonians!
Are you tired?
When you find yourself trying to juggle and fit all your day's activities into a limited number of hours, something’s got to give…and it’s usually sleep.
Insufficient sleep has become so problematic that the Center for Disease Control has deemed it a “public health epidemic.” According to their site, adults need at least 7 hours of sleep per night, and 1 in 3 adults do not get that much sleep.
Lack of sleep has been linked to several chronic diseases and conditions, including:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Heart Disease
- Depression, and more
But even outside of those issues, fatigue is the culprit behind thousands of traffic accidents and deaths every year. That’s a hefty price to pay for lack of sleep!
Fatigue causes our cognitive processing to slow down and impairs our ability to make good decisions, including our decisions on how to deal with fatigue and lack of sleep–there’s a catch-22 for you! We think it will all get better if we just have that energy drink, a double espresso, or maybe a 15-minute power nap.
But band-aids like that won’t fix the problem, so let’s address it. Rest is NOT overrated. If we think it is, then we are only deceiving ourselves.
Did you know, even Jesus got tired and took the necessary time to rest when He walked this earth among us? In the book of Matthew, Chapter 8, Jesus steps into a boat, and lies down to rest, not allowing something insignificant like fierce wind and waves to stop Him from sleeping!
God Himself was setting an example for us when He rested after all His work of Creation:
“By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work.” ~ Genesis 2:2
So what are some things we can do to become better rested, insure ourselves a better night’s sleep and therefore better health? Here are a few suggestions:
- Avoid caffeine later in the day
- Try going to bed and waking up at the same time daily (this helps regulate your body’s circadian rhythm)
- Don’t eat a heavy meal shortly before bedtime
- Stay off of your computer, phone, and other electronic devices for at least 30 minutes prior to your bedtime
- Keep your bedroom as dark as possible and at a comfortable temperature
And last but not least…
Relax your mind and your body to prepare for a good night’s sleep. And I can’t think of a better way to do that than with Wholetones 2Sleep. This is exactly what I created Wholetones 2Sleep for. These calming frequencies set to the relaxing music of Life, Love & Lullabies will help you to fall asleep and stay asleep longer so that your body can recover, repair, and recharge.
Here’s to a good night’s sleep, to resting well, and to being well!
Until next we meet…
Michael S. Tyrrell
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