posted on Jul, 18 2008 @ 04:17 PM
There clearly exists multiple reasons why so many people feel unusually tired during the day. Many of us may speculate about why we feel this way i.e.
improper dieting, inadequate sleep, lack of exercise, stress...etc. Insomnia, alzheimer's, depression, headaches, weak immune systems, etc. include
some of the long-term hazards of improper rest habits. I will attempt to provide some tips for people who wish to combat tiredness and the impairments
associated with it.
1. Wake and Sleep Cycles—The body operates in cycles; it includes a "sleep" cycle and a "wake" cycle. This means the brain is synchronically
"aligned" to begin sleep at a specific time in a 24-hour period. According to Ayurvedic health, this time begins between 9:30 - 10:00 P.M. and lasts
for an average of seven hours with a little time given to compensate for the transition from "sleep" to "wake". This cycle is very precise and
vital for the human body to an extent that most people aren't fully aware of. Getting proper amount of rest at the most appropriate time is essential
for overall health and vitality.
2. Deep Rest Cycle—One very important reason why it is important to be fast asleep by 10 P.M. is that during the sleep cycle between the time period
of 11 PM and 2 AM, the body performs a cleansing/healing/brain-reset function. During this period, we're supposed to experience "deep rest"
allowing the brain to fully settle down well enough for this cycle to begin. It is this cycle that is responsible for our feeling "refreshed" when
we awake the next day. For those of us who "miss" this cycle due to either staying up late or insomnia, the health effects are tremendous because
during this period, the brain and the body is "recharged". Our internal organs down to the cellular level need rest too. If we don't receive that
"deep rest" we harm our bodies at the cellular level of rest which affects its "renewal" process. If we neglect this process long enough, the
ability of rest to occur at the cellular level can be inhibited because the cells become used to this process of improper rest which is “out of
alignment” or out of harmony with natural body processes causing impairment of proper cellular function
3. Proper Rest and Brain Function—Because many of us do not get the appropriate amount of rest and the most appropriate time, our cells rest and
renewal process becomes severely impaired overtime leading to more serious diseases like insomnia and alzheimers. Insomnia happens because the brain
cells aren't getting enough rest and don't renew themselves as quickly. Alzheimer's results because the brain ages quickly as a result of this lack
of rest leading to the "death" of brain cells, the impediment of brain function, weak communication between brain cells, and slower brain processes.
4. When To Stop Eating—If many people would only discipline themselves to simply obtain rest at the right time everyday, that would eliminate many
problems. Additionally, you should avoid eating or drinking anything after 7:30 P.M. The reason for this is you want your digestive system to rest as
well. If you eat anything after this time, it will affect the healing/cleansing process that takes place while you are in the period of "deep rest".
Also, you may have to wake during the middle of the night to rid the body of wastes disturbing sleep.
5. Digestive System and Sleep--According to Ayurvedic health, the body's digestive system is strongest during the period of time between 10 A.M. and
2 P.M. This means that this time period is most appropriate for eating your biggest meal of the day. Unfortunately in America, in addition to our
horrific dieting habits, we tend to eat our biggest meal of the day during dinner, when we should actually only eat a light meal. Also, we tend to eat
later in the day (after 7:30 P.M.) and once again, this is not recommended if you want to improve your body's ability to sleep. Sadly enough, many of
us don't learn enough about the importance of sleep cycles, proper rest, and dieting. This is where the bulk of our problems lie. Health is by far
the most important subject you will ever learn but in America, many health practices are either ignored or not taken seriously.
6. Staying Active Throughout The Day— Believe it or not, your digestive system may be most responsible for your feeling tired thoughout the day,
especially if you perform daily tasks that don’t require much physical effort. The less physical you are during the day, the more work your
digestive system has to work to digest the food you eat. Also, the more food you eat, the more your digestive system has to work, causing you to feel
sluggish by midday if you don’t maintain the levels of physical activity necessary for your body to stay “active. It is important to know when to
eat, what to eat, and how much exercise to get throughout the day in addition to obtaining proper rest. It is also important to know that after you
eat, you should do some kind of physical activity to increase blood flow which supplies energy to your digestive organs and the brain so that both
organs can work quickly to digest foods you’ve eaten. So whether you’re at school or at work, look for ways to keep your blood flowing during the
day and if possible, take advantage of lunchtime. Instead of taking a nap, go for a run or go to the gym for a quick 10-15 minute workout.
7. Eating Cycles— It is important to know when to eat, what to eat, and how much exercise to get throughout the day in addition to obtaining proper
rest. Idealistically you want to eat energizing foods for breakfast but you don’t want to overeat early in the morning. You want to provide your
body with the most energy while eating the least amount of food. A whole fruit bar with orange juice with an apple, orange, and/or banana or fruit
salad and a couple whole food vitamins should be adequate. Breakfast should normally be eaten around 6:30-7:30 A.M. Lunch should be your biggest meal
of the day because this is when your digestive system is strongest. This is also the best time to eat fresh vegetables like spinach leaves, cucumbers,
and ripe tomatoes as well. For dinner, the rule is, to keep it light; nothing heavy. The closer you get to downtime, the less you want to eat.
[edit on 7/18/2008 by Mr Knowledge]