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SLEEP - THE SILENT HEALER

Most People Are Exhausted. Fatigue is epidemic. If you need stimulants in the morning to get going, you're not getting enough sleep.

ALL HEALING REQUIRES EXTRA SLEEP

During the day, one primarily uses the sympathetic nervous system, associated with spending energy and tearing down the body. This is balanced by the parasympathetic system, associated with rest, nurturing and regeneration of body tissues. This is equally important and takes place when one is resting. One may call it maintenance or repair time.

If you skimp on regenerative activity by not sleeping enough, physical and mental performance suffers, as well as one's work and relationships. Illness develops because there is not enough time to repair damaged tissues in the body. If you have a chronic illness, you definitely need extra rest and sleep.

CLEANSING AND REBUILDING THE BODY REQUIRE ENERGY 

Elimination of toxins, an issue for everyone, occurs primarily at night while the body rests. The removal process requires energy and one's energy is finite. If you use most or all of your energy running around all day, you will not detoxify well.

MOST EMOTIONAL PROCESSING OCCURS DURING SLEEP

Often, during the day, thought processes are not completed due to interruptions or other distractions. The mind completes these processes during sleep. You may notice that problems that seemed difficult are solvable or even solved after a good night's rest. This can be due to increased energy, but is also due to actual problem-solving that goes on during sleep.

THE IMPORTANCE OF DREAMING

Dreaming is another very important activity that only occurs during the sleep state. 

Dreams can represent processing of one’s past or even just daily events. In most people, dreams are often also processing other phenomena that the mind needs to mull over, as it were, and make more sense of.

Dreams can also foretell the future, to a degree, as many people know. Even unpleasant dreams, nightmares, premonitions and other phenomena may be important, at times, and should not be stopped by not resting.

If one does not sleep enough, or does not sleep well for some reason, the dreaming process is interrupted or prevented, and this always impacts one’s health and one’s spiritual and mental development. 

WHY SOME PEOPLE CAN GET ALONG ON LITTLE SLEEP AND REST

You may envy those who seem to have lots of energy, yet get by on little sleep. Let go of this envy. Those individuals are either:

· Burning themselves out. 
· Using stimulants. 
· Experience illness or certain biochemical imbalances.
· Energy vampires (stealing or draining energy from others)

WHEN AND HOW MUCH TO SLEEP

The hours before midnight are far more valuable for rejuvenation than those after midnight. Some say they are two or three times more useful for healing the body and mind. 

WHEN TO GO TO SLEEP 

Thus, going to bed early is the first rule of ideal sleep. It is recommended going to bed between eight and nine PM every night.

HOW LONG TO SLEEP 

If one goes to bed early, less sleep time is required. Eight to ten hours of actual sleep is usually enough. 

CHILDREN AND TEENS

Children and especially adolescents need 11 hours or more of rest, though a little of that could be rest time in bed but not strictly all sleep. 

Article excerpts written by Lawrence Wilson, MC, Centre for Development


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