Can Lack of Sleep Kill You?

KhimAyurveda, Habit, Weight Loss

Some of the members in my closed group mentioned going to bed too late or waking up too late.  So I thought I just want to address some of the issues around sleep…

Imagine if you live on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas where the glitter canopy never turn off the lights.  It might seem as if you have MORE time to live a MORE exciting life because the street never sleeps. But what about you?  How do you adjust your sleep with this 24-hour light?

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We live in the modern world where some people do what they want according to their schedule and completely disrespectful of the rhythm of the sun.  Can they do it? Hell yeah depending on how much they want to suffer.

The loss of sleep is a common problem in the high-tech environment where we get constant screen stimulants from our phone to the TV.  Occasional sleep interruptions are just part of life, but ongoing sleep deprivation will lead to excessive daytime sleepiness, exhaustion, low energy, lack of concentration, emotional difficulties, poor job performance, obesity and a lowered perception of quality of life.

Have you ever noticed when you go to bed late after 11 pm that you would wake up next morning feeling groggy regardless of the amount of sleep?  So it’s not just how much you sleep, it’s when you actually hit the bed. Our body goes through the cleansing and rejuvenation cycles at a certain time during our deep sleep at night.  That’s the reason why night owls and shift workers stand a higher risk for cardiovascular and metabolic disease, obesity and diabetes.

Our body has an internal biological clock called a circadian clock that organizes our internal and external activities based on the 24-hour cycle.  Under normal circumstances, our body wakes up at sunrise and starts to relax and feels tired after sunset.

Due to the high demand of work and family responsibility, most people especially working women are struggling with lack of quality sleep.  They are constantly taking care of everybody and forgetting that they cannot pour from an empty cup. They feel overwhelmed, stressed and burnout.  They don’t have time to take care of themselves, they long for a restful sleep, they are not able to spend quality time with their loved ones because they are always tired.

Not only will this vicious cycle lead to chronic low energy and various diseases, it will also jeopardize the relationship with the family and affect their work performance.

Our clients have learned to attune to the ebb and flow of daily rhythm.  In order to go to bed at the optimum time, they adjust their dinner to be earlier and lighter.  They establish prebed routine that ensures restful sleep and wake up at dawn feeling energized and rejuvenated.  Some of them were night owls who stayed up until 2 a.m. have now adjusted their bedtime to 10 p.m. Yes. They’ve changed their bedtime, they’ve slept better, their anxiety is gone and miraculously, their weight has also come down!

Are you sleeping at the right time?  Is your sleep restful or restless?

Talk soon!

Khim

p.s. If you want to know more about what my clients are doing, check out my free training on The 4-Step Strategy to Overcome Burnout and Have Abundant Energy

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