16 Apr 2023
“Be sweet before you sleep. Be sweet when you wake up.
Before you sleep, don’t whine. With every sunrise, you shine”.
We must understand the anatomy of sleep.
Sleep is the passivity part of our day. 16 hours of wakefulness of activity moves us into passivity by default for us to rest, heal, recover and become whole.
Why become whole? Because we become fragmented. Getting fragmented is because we run around throughout the day, we exert our body, limbs and muscles.
Sleeping, healing your inside and outside, your complete being, right from your body, mind, spirit, physiology, biology, psychology, will make you heal and will make you wholesome in your sleep.
Also when we eat, we exert our organs, exert our faculty for seeing, tasting, touching, smelling, listening and we put to use all our part of our being.
So night becomes a perfect opportunity to heal, become whole, repair and restore. If this healing doesn't happen properly, which means not enough hours, not at the right time of the day (in the right hours of sleeping), then obviously our repair, elimination of toxins, impurities won't happen.
If the impurities aren't flushed out well, obviously there is good chance that toxins turn into weight.
Additional fat that we accumulate on our body, especially on our stomach and the visceral fat, that our body produces in the organs. Our body tends to put on weight.
If we eat at the right hours, that is before sunset and then after 4 hours, we get to sleep around 10.30 or 11pm in the right hours, where we get to sleep around 7-8 hours-which would be 6.00 to 7 am, that would be fine and our body will repair and restore.
When the body repair and restores in that time, it is capable or it becomes capable of eliminating all the unwanted toxins from our being. This elimination process helps us unburden ourselves with unwanted weight.
Before that, the body learns to digest well if the body eats at the right time, sleeps at the right time, the body collects food, then it digests well, it absorbs all the nutrients and then elimination of toxins happens.
All the systems work together in tandem, in orchestration and this part of our cell system, is calculated. - the circadian rhythm of waking up, sleeping, digesting, activity, passivity etc.
So, sleep becomes really critical to managing healthy weight in our body, healthy functions of the organs, and healthy revitalization of the organs. So sleep, helps repair, restore, eliminate toxins, revitalize our organs, rejuvenate our organs, so that we can maintain good health.
One scientific study has shown that short-sleepers – people who sleep less than seven hours per day – tend to eat more per day than people who get enough sleep. This is because they are drawn to foods that are packaged, processed, high fat, high sugar. Over a long period of time, this daily increase is enough to raise the risk of obesity.
Circadian rhythmicity tightly regulates sleep-wake cycles and has a significant impact on circulating levels of the hormones ghrelin and leptin, which control appetite and calorie intake. Low sleep duration may be linked to, among other possible reasons, an increase in the orogenic hormone ghrelin, which promotes hunger, and a decrease in the saturating hormone leptin, which causes an increase in food intake to battle fatigue or stress. By changing the levels of hormones that control appetite, lack of sleep inhibits efforts to lose weight through diet by lowering dietary compliance. A better balance of the hormones that control hunger, improved glucose tolerance, and a decrease in cortisol levels may occur along with an increase in sleep duration and the correction of sleep disturbances.
If you are obese and you are trying to cut your weight, then you must try and eat absolutely early dinners and light dinners and dinners that don’t disturb your mind at night. So any food that is tamsik in nature and is heavy could disturb your sleep. Heavy ghee, oil, and butter, can disturb your sleep and of course, processed, coloured, refined, flavoured, preserved foods, certainly not to be consumed.To sleep spiritually well, psychologically well, emotionally well and biologically well, you need to have early dinner, one that is sattvik.
Activity throughout the day is very important. Taking massages certainly helps because taking massages will give you a good night’s sleep. Meditation and breathing techniques of various kinds especially calming and cooling down can really help the restoration of your circadian rhythm and that will help with weight loss because that will help your systems and functions work better, your elimination of toxins will happen better, the organs will work to their optimal capacity and most importantly, because of that, you will sleep well in the night as well.
So massages, workouts, meditation, shavasan, letting go of all the stress and breathing it out, breathing consciously will really help. Laughter, recreation, spending time with your beloved and becoming timeless, many moments throughout the day and on weekends, a large amount of hours being spent in nature can help your circadian rhythm come back to you.
And eventually quieten yourself, meditate before you sleep, pray before you sleep, seek intentions for your own and for the universe before you sleep.
Sleeping with ideas, imagination of self-development and self-growth, will make you evolve in sleep.
Sleeping with creative intentions, productive intentions for the upliftment of mankind will manifest your life meaningfully everyday.
Published in Speaking Tree