You Snooze, You Lose Win!

Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory and makes you more creative. It makes you look more attractive. It keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It protects you from cancer and dementia. It wards off colds and the flu. It lowers your risk of heart attacks and stroke, not to mention diabetes. You’ll even feel happier, less depressed, and less anxious. Are you interested?*

*Excerpt taken from Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, PhD.

Guarantee your “fake news” meter just went off after reading the above statement. Sounds too good to be true, right?!

WRONG! 

These results are, in fact possible and the cost of obtaining them are FREE.

However, so many of us discount this treatment as unnecessary and do so much to avoid it. So, what is this revolutionary new treatment?

SLEEP!


Since the beginning of time sleep has been a necessity for all of life, not just humans. Yet, so many of us work against it and tout our abilities to get as little as possible without ever considering the long-term effects of such practices.

So why is it so important?

With 5 distinct stages of sleep, 4 stages of NREM (non-rapid eye movement) and 1 stage of REM (rapid eye movement), our brains and bodies consolidate the experiences and memories throughout the day increasing healing and restoration. We move through each of these stages in 90-minute cycles and flip-flop between NREM and REM throughout the night.

NREM sleep is the state in which we transfer short-term memories to the long-term memory centers of the brain required for saving facts. It is also during these stages of sleep where the physical “trash” is taken out.

Glial cells (the “glue” that holds your neurons together and aids in electrical impulse transmission) shrink in size by up to 60 percent during NREM sleep, enlarging the space around the neurons and allowing the cerebrospinal fluid to clean out the metabolic “trash” that was left by the day’s neural activity. How cool is that?

REM sleep is where dreaming happens. Whether you remember your dreams or not is irrelevant to the benefits provided. Two core benefits of REM sleep involve 1) nursing our emotional and mental health and 2) problem solving and creativity. It also builds connections between distantly related informational elements and fits them all together. REM sleep helps turn knowledge into wisdom.


In order to get a good night’s sleep, you must have both types and adequate amounts of each.

With the dawn of technology we have offset our biology. No longer are we getting to bed when the sun goes down and arising when the sun comes out again. We are “burning the midnight oil” and sleeping in conditions that are not suitable for a good night’s rest. 

If you struggle with sleep – whether getting to sleep, staying asleep, or sleeping but not feeling rested upon awakening, some factors may be involved.

  • TOO MUCH LIGHT & WARM TEMPS. Sleep in its best form for all humans should be done in a dark, cool room (67 degrees F) and should last between 7-9 hours. 
  • BLUE LIGHTS. No computer or phone screens looked at beyond 1 hour of bedtime. This blue light increases your risk of infection by inhibiting TH1 (T-Helper) cells.
  • INJURIES (past or current). Your body keeps a memory of every injury experienced UNLESS you clear the nervous system of those injuries. These uncleared injuries can decrease your REM sleep by up to 25%. Think about it…every time you bang your knee or cut your finger, where do your eyes go? Straight to the injury of course. That’s exactly what the eyes continue to do even while your sleep.

Sleep is the most important mechanism for healing to take place. If you’re not sleeping well or not enough, it is important to look at these factors.

Black out curtains and blue light blocking glasses can easily be purchased on Amazon. But dealing with old injuries can be a bit tricky. At Cardiff Health and Wellness, we use a specialized technique to clear these injuries and remove unnecessary stress on the body so that sleep can be restored. I’d be honored to help you out with that.

Here’s to many zzzzzz’s and pleasant dreams!

Good night,

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