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Sleep from 10pm to 6am

Friends and family have always known me to be a night owl. As much as I have enjoyed being up late, I’ve always known that it’s not good for my body. I bumped into a great article written by HH Mahanidhi Swami and video by Josh Rubin on sleep. I copied and pasted some of the info below that I thought was helpful. Check out the video too.

Nature acts and moves according to precise rhythm cycles influenced by the rotation of the earth, sun and moon. Daily the sun rises and sets, the seasons come and go, the moon waxes and wanes, and the ocean tides rise and fall. the function of sleeping and wakefulness is part of this natural rhythm. In nature, one finds that the animals and plants are awake and asleep in tune with these rhythms. Human beings also have natural rhythms.

Our human bodies, like mother nature, function according to natural cycles, body rhythms commonly called the internal body clock or the biological clock. Disruptions of the natural functions of our biological clock due to improper habits and incorrect sleeping patterns cause many different diseases. When our bodies are out of balance and not functioning inharmony with nature, nothing seems to feel right. This is because hormones, chemicals and neurotransmitters that determine our energy levels, vitality and how we feel, sleep and eat are out of sync. In other words, we are imbalanced and out of tune with our biological clock and going against the natural harmony established by mother nature. Prior to the widespread use of electricity, people would go to bed shortly after sunset, as most animals do and which nature intended for humans as well. The best hours of sleep for your body are 10pm to 6am.

These hours and what your body is naturally programmed to do during these hours, are governed by the movements of the sun and the 24 hour natural rhythm cycle of your internal body clock – both of which are beyond your control. During these times (10pm to 6am), human body is designed to be at a state of rest, repair, detoxification and rejuvenation. Our bodies are produced by mother nature. If we act foolishly and go against the natural order and design of our body, we will pay the price by getting various diseases and problems. Also, if you eat before going to bed, your body energy will be focused on digestion rather than rest and rejuvenation.

The biological clock and your internal organs, the main internal organs of your body work according to a “Time Schedule.” Knowing how your body works can help you regulate your schedule in order to attain the optimum level of health and well-being.

9.00 pm – 11.00 pm: At this time, your body eliminates toxic chemicals from the immune system (lymph nodes).
*It is best to be sound asleep by 9 pm or 10 pm for your body to properly execute this important function.
11.00 pm – 1.00 am: This is the time your liver eliminates poisons and rejuvenates itself.
*It is best to be sound asleep by 9 pm or 10 pm for your body to properly execute this important function.
12.00 midnight – 4.00 am: this is the time your bone marrow produces blood.
1.00 am – 3.00 am: This is the time your gall bladder eliminates toxins and rejuvenates itself.
3.00 am – 5.00 am: This is the time your lungs eliminate toxins and rejuvenate themselves.
5.00 am – 7.00 am: This is the time your colon eliminates poisons and rejuvenates itself. This is the proper time to empty your bowel.
7.00 am – 9.00 am: This is the time that vitamins, minerals, proteins and nutrients are absorbed in your small intestines. You should definitely eat breakfast at this time.

Here’s a list of a few things that happen as a result of lack of sleep.
– SKIN AGES: When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol. In excess amounts, cortisol can break down skin collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic. Sleep loss also causes the body to release too little human hormone. When we’re young, human growth hormone promotes growth. As we age, it helps increase muscle mass, thicken skin and strengthen bones. The hormone is released during deep sleep, its part of normal tissue repair – patching the wear and tear of the day.

YOU BECOME FORGETFUL: Getting the right amount of sleep keeps your memory sharp. Brain events called “sharp wave ripples” are responsible for consolidating memory. The ripples also transfer learned information from the hippocampus to the neocortex of the brain, where long-term memories are stored. Sharp wave ripples occur mostly during the deepest levels of sleep.

WEIGHT GAIN: Lack of sleep is related to an increase in hunger and appetite. It stimulates cravings for high-fat, high-carb foods.