sleep well

Sleep Well, Rest & Detoxify

Every day, we build up and carry a toxic load and sleep is key to allow our nervous system to rest and detoxify. 

Sleep supports your immune system, preventing illness, disease and premature ageing. Poor quality or limited sleep regularly is linked to poor immune function.

An interesting study by Prather in NCBI in 2015, revealed that adults who regularly slept less than six hours per night were almost five times more likely to get a cold compared to those who slept well for more than seven hours a night. The PLoS Medicine study featured in the news this week suggests that less than five hours’ sleep is the tipping point for bad health.

There are five stages of sleep that rotate between Non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) and Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and include:

  • drowsiness
  • light sleep
  • moderate to deep sleep
  • deepest sleep
  • dreaming

The study suggests to sleep well for 7-9 hours is optimum to support a healthy immune system & help you get adequate levels at all five stages of sleep, thus supporting this key wellness pillar.

These 10 Hacks Will Help You Sleep

Beauty sleep may be an old cliche, but science is behind it. Sleep allows you to detox from the day you have just had and supports a healthy flow of your essential pathways and organs.

During deep sleep, blood flow is increased to your skin-supporting healing, repair and collagen production, facilitating repair and reducing wrinkles and age spots. Also, deep sleep supports growth hormone release, creating new cells that help heal damaged skin cells.

Rest doesn’t come easily to everybody – if that’s the case for you, here are our “sleep-well-hacks”

1. Blacken the Bedroom

Make sure you have blackout curtains or an eye mask as this will encourage your body to get a great balance of serotonin & melatonin. This makes you rest deeply to feel refreshed and happy from adequate serotonin production.

2. Stay Cool

Set your bedroom temperature, so it’s not too hot (around 20 degrees Celsius) to support deep sleep. 

3. Maximise Natural Light Exposure

Artificial light overstimulates you and disrupts your circadian rhythms. Try to get good sunlight exposure each day or use a SAD lamp to support healthy serotonin & vitamin D levels. 

4. Skip Afternoon Coffee

Skip caffeine after 2 pm: Caffeine hits a peak in your bloodstream within 30 to 60 minutes. It has a half-life of 3 to 5 hours (the time it takes for your body to eliminate half of the drug from your system). The remaining caffeine can stay in your body for 6+ hours, so I always tell my clients to avoid caffeine after 2 pm if they have trouble sleeping.

We all have work deadlines, especially with new current work-life demands with homeschooling and your regular workload, taking you much longer to get through all of your tasks for the day. Caffeine is a tried and tested successful tool if you need to stay alert so we at Rejuv are not saying now is the time to give up caffeine if it’s supporting you.

Balance is key, so try to live with healthy boundaries regarding caffeine and be mindful. Ask yourself if you need or really need this, or are you reaching for a cup of Joe out of habit and potentially reducing the quality of your rest?

5. Sweet Dreams Without Sugar

Reduce your sugar intake, which will reduce your blood sugar spikes and reduce your overall stress/adrenal/cortisol load and positively affect your sleep. Have treat meals on weekends, when you don’t need to wake up early, so you’re fresh for your usual life demands.

6. Block Negative Stress

Avoid the news, stressful emails or situations before bed if possible to circumvent overthinking situations you have no control over and toss and turn all night, reducing your sleep quality.

7. Process Your Day

Journal before bed; write down 5 things you are grateful for and take a moment to feel this in your body and nervous system. Do a brain dump re all the things you need to get done as well as a list of things that are out of your control so you can actively release those fears and avoid tossing and turning all night

8. Limit Screen Time

Avoid blue light on screens at least 1 hour or more before your bedtime to reduce overstimulating of your ideal gland and reduce deep sleep.

9. Wind Down Rituals

Implement wind-down rituals like sleep-inducing teas to calm the nervous system (such as the WelleCo Sleep Welle Calming Tea with hops, valerian and passionflower). I notice a huge difference by taking this before bed each night (or reaching for chamomile tea in most of our cupboards).

Make and drink our Rejuv Moon Milk (see recipe)

Take a bath with Epsom salts and create a relaxing environment with candles, lavender, frankincense and a good book before you go to bed to encourage deep and restorative sleep.

10. Use Natural Supplements

Try natural supplements that promote sleep, like the Rejuv Bedtime Blend Capsules, to make it easier to fall asleep.