To truly heal your body you must get enough sleep. Compared to any medication or natural remedy, sleep might be the most powerful and efficient at healing your body. Sleep helps replenish energy, boost your immune system, rest your brain, improve your memory, and decrease any pain you are experiencing.
In addition sleep improves longevity, increases mental acuity, and enhances learning and creativity. The underlying reason sleep is so important to healing is because neurotransmitters and hormones related to healing and repairing injuries are released in high amounts during sleep.
Typically, the average adult requires seven to nine hours of sleep per night; however, these numbers go up when our bodies need to heal.
Sleep deprivation not only can prolong your healing process, but it can actually make the pain and suffering you experience worse. A lack of sleep can increase pain. This occurs because your sympathetic nervous system is forced to work harder, which elevates levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
In addition, it adversely affects the hormones responsible for healing your body. Sleep deprivation can also affect the body’s ability to metabolize glucose, impair your memory and learning, increase inflammation, impair your cognitive function and impact your appetite, all of which hinders your body to properly heal itself.
The majority of people are unaware of the fact that the position for sleeping plays an important role in the overall health, especially for the digestive system.
Even in the ancient era, monks used to lie down after meals in order to help digestion.
The Ayurvedic medicine, which is the oldest Oriental medicine, confirms this as well, and it recommends sleeping on the left side of the body.
Ayurveda suggests that there are numerous reasons why you should practice sleeping on the left side, since it:
- improves digestion,
- contributes to the healthy function of the spleen,
- improved elimination of dangerous substances,
- supports lymphatic drainage,
- promotes blood flow to the heart,
- contributing to a freer bile flow ,
- Aids the heart to send blood down..
More than a third of the population is not getting enough sleep. It’s not healthy to be drained and fatigued throughout the day, craving caffeinated beverages and sugar rushes, but it’s certainly way too common. Unfortunately, fatigue has been accepted as a part of western life.
Make sure you are not only getting the proper amount of sleep, but that you are sleeping correctly too!