DR EMILY POCCIA'S NATURE CURE SERIES : TIP #4 - GET RESTFUL SLEEP / by Brittney Hogan

 

DR EMILY POCCIA, ND, EXPLAINS IN THIS 5 PART VIRBLOGO SERIES HOW A LITTLE CONCIOUSNESS IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE CAN HAVE INTENSE HEALTH BENEFITS BY INCORPORATING THESE NATURE CURES INTO YOUR DAILY ROUTINES.

Nature cure is about getting back to the basics. It encompasses elements of life that make us thrive and heal. Many illnesses and diseases today are derived from our lifestyles and can be prevented with some attention to these basic, yet essential human needs. Here's #4.

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GET RESTFUL SLEEP

Are you one of those people who only needs 4 or 5 hours of sleep to function? Although that may seem true lets take a closer look at how important restful sleep can be. When talking about sleep we normally hear about how getting 8 hours of sleep a night is ideal. While this is true it is also important to know that the time you go to sleep and the quality of that sleep plays a big role as well.

Ideally the best time to go to sleep is between 10 and 11pm and wake at 6 or 7 am. This time of night is when our cortisol levels (stress hormone) and temperature start to naturally drop and melatonin (our sleep hormone) is stimulated in the pineal gland in the brain.

Our sleep cycle is directly affected by light and darkness so as it become darker our brain knows to produce melatonin to go to sleep. When we miss this window of time to go to bed our circadian rhythms are thrown off and we may miss the most restful part of sleep! Everyone is different so find the timing that works best for you to go to sleep but try to stick to a schedule so your brain can pick up on that pattern.

When we are sleeping this is the time when the immune system reboots itself, thus increasing our immune functions and even our life span!

Memory is also improved. When sleeping the new things we are trying to learn during the day are laid down with more permanence in the brain leading to better memory and learning skills.

It also enhances our attention for the next day. Sleep is required for our nervous system to work properly and to balance our neurotransmitters. People with sleep deprivation or insomnia may have issues with mood, hallucinations, nervousness and more.

Sleep can help curve inflammatory markers that lead to heart disease, arthritis and even allergies.

It also helps regulate our weight by increasing metabolism and directing our body to break down more fat. The part of the brain that controls sleep also controls metabolism. So when there is sleep deprivation certain hormones increase in the blood that drive appetite.

References:

http://www.byrdie.com/best-time-to-sleep

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10608-014-9651-7#page-2

http://time.com/3183183/you-asked-whats-the-ideal-time-to-go-to-sleep/


Dr. Emily Poccia

Dr. Emily Poccia offers a Family Medicine practice at RestorMedicine in San Diego with a primary focus in the treatment and management of chronic Lyme disease. She graduated from Southwest Collage of Naturopathic Medicine in 2014 and moved to San Diego soon after. Originally from Connecticut she is no stranger to Lyme Disease and felt a need to support this population through their health journey. She was trained by Lyme literate doctor and author of, “The Beginner’s Guide to Lyme”, and “Lyme Brain”, Dr. Nicola Ducharme. 

Dr. Emily is highly committed to using Naturopathic principles that are centered around supporting the body’s innate ability to heal itself and treating the whole person. She does this by using diagnostic testing to find the root cause of illness then supports the body’s healing process using natural therapies like botanical medicine, nutrition, gemstone energy medicine, nutritional supplementation, homeopathy and nutritional IV’s. Her goal, whether you have a chronic illness or any health concern, is to support all dimensions of your health- physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and energetic. Dr. Emily believes strongly in doctor as teacher, a principle that allows her to empower her patients and their families so they can take an active role in their health and live healthier lives.

You can find out more about Dr. Emily, the practice, and schedule appointments at RestorMedicine.com. She also hosts lectures on different health topics, and be sure to check out her personal blog called High Five to Health.

Follow her on Instagram / @highfivetohealth and visit her blog / www.highfivetohealth.org