Morning Person Lesson 3: Sleep Matters

What happens when you sleep?

  • Brain “Detox”. Your brain performs its housecleaning duties only while you sleep. It flushes out build-up of cellular waste matter that accumulates in the daytime.
  • Restorative Sleep. There are three stages of sleep before you enter dream sleep, or REM sleep. The third stage is the most important stage of sleep, where the body repairs and regrows tissues, builds bone and muscle, and strengthens the immune system.
  • Memory Making. Your ability to learn, process and remember is greatly affected by sleep. Studies show rested individuals have an estimated three-fold advantage for problem solving, over sleep-deprived individuals.

Challenge 3: Track Your Sleep

A sleep journal tracks your sleep times, your habits and your mood – quickly you will begin to see a pattern that will help you make corrections. The night time coffee vs. the night time meditation — how is it really affecting you? The more regularly you track your sleep, the more value you’ll get from the process. So make a commitment now to keep your sleep journal every night for at least two weeks. You’ll be amazed when you look back at your progress.

So I still had my link from the last time I did this…I’d only filled out the sleep journal for one day. >.<

Also, side note: A significant portion of my mom’s side of the family has sleep apnea, and use those freaky C-PAP machines. I’m also in this Facebook group that has like 4k women in it…well a few weeks ago one posted about how she’d finally gone to the doctor for her sleep problems and ended up with some weird mouth guard that keeps her mouth…open? closed? – anyway, it helped her sleep. Then they went on and on about how sleep apnea can cause heart problems, blah blah blah. It put the fear in me, so I called “The Sleep Doctors” to schedule an appointment. Then was told I had to get a recommendation from my PCP before I could schedule an appointment. And then I never called my PCP. And then my PCP called me. They were all “You should schedule a physical.” And I was all “I should indeed.” And they were all “His first opening is in October.” And I was all “Then why the frick are you calling people to schedule appointments??” Anyway, I went with the first available doctor, and I have an appointment in May. 8P The point of this entire rambling paragraph is to say…sleep doctors usually request a sleep journal, so bah-dah-bing, bah-dah-boom – here we go! But really I don’t have any sleep problems (that I know of), other than that I snore sometimes. *shrug

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