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How Sleep Promotes Optimal Health

The importance of quality sleep is one of the quickest ways to support virtually all health goals, as many regenerative and restorative processes occur during sleep.

At the end of the day, we have a build-up of toxicity in our cells – so, it’s natural for us to sleep and cleanse our body and minds. Toxins are carried out of the cell by sodium and calcium by way of diffusion through the cell membrane and enter the lymphatic system where they can then enter the blood. The liver then extracts toxins from the blood, discharging it into the gallbladder which then goes to the duodenum of the colon. From there, the colon eliminates these toxins from our bodies. Toxins are also released by way of the skin and the lungs – so, we need to detoxify daily to stay healthy.

If all our systems are working as they should, we can then be assured of the benefits – including waking up feeling refreshed and energized. A client that reports waking up feeling tired may not be fully cleansing their body properly. One problem with this is that the cellular exchange of electrolytes is most likely not functioning optimally.

Why is quality, deep sleep so important? Sleep plays a powerful role in allowing us to restore our body and mind while we process memories and emotions through the subconscious. Here’s how to improve sleep quality.

It is theorized that we only use 2- 10% of our conscious mind on any given day; this means that 90-98% of our brain is engaged in something else; this is the subconscious pattern of our brain.

One way to process reactive patterns is through delta slow-wave sleep. When we are in the delta pattern while asleep, our brain can process emotions that no longer serve us. In addition to getting required amounts of restorative sleep, we use this time of rest to consolidate memories.

What does all this mean? It suggests that all the information that we take in during the day through our short-term memory can then be categorized or converted into long-term memory when we sleep.

One unique and interesting aspect of sleep that has been brought to researchers is the discovery of the glymphatic system, which is a type of lymphatic system or brain cleanse that occurs at night and is responsible for washing away toxic proteins.

Improper functioning of the lymphatic system can result in the accumulation of amyloid plaques which are the abnormally folded proteins that accumulate in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

It is now believed that Alzheimer’s starts in the brain 20-30 years prior to the onset of symptoms. Yet, you can take proactive steps now.

A general abnormality in the functioning of the glymphatic system is typically a result of chronic sleep deprivation; this is somewhat preventable if action is taken and often, this means a Coach is helpful. Some health and wellness experts believe that sleep problems are an epidemic in our society, and since most people (including your client) are not aware of what their sleep patterns are, a sleep tracker may be invaluable in measuring and improving this important aspect of brain health and restoration.

If this topic interests you, take a moment to learn about the Spencer Institute’s Sleep Science Coaching Certification.



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