Sure, we all know how important sleep is, right? The research continues to grow demonstrating that less-than-ideal sleeping habits negatively affect all bodily systems and yes, this is including your sexual function, your endocrine system, your metabolism, the nervous system... the list goes on!
From the epic book ‘Why We Sleep’, writes Matthew Walker - “Routinely sleeping less that six or seven hours a night demolishes your immune system, more than doubling your risk of cancer.”
And countless research shows there is a significant connection between disturbed sleep and sexual function (wait, whaaaaat??), in fact, if you check out our podcast 03 with the epic Dr Ralph Esposito, he talks about how sleep is so critical for males and sexual performance. And in our Brain Optimisation podcast episode, psycho-neuro-endocrinologist Jo Grabyn states "sleep is the greatest free medicine on earth." (From about 40minutes in, this podcast covers how vital sleep is for brain health and provides plenty of practical tips).
Our natural sleep-wake cycle follows Yin and Yang principles – being awake mirrors the Yang energy (the outward, bright, excitatory time) and sleep follows Yin (inhibitory, dark and quiet time). The sleep-wake cycle is also governed by the higher, more conscious Shen. Shen, or spirit, governs if the body is at work, or rest. Our reishi podcast covers this exact topic and how this beautiful medicinal mushie tones our Shen. So, if our Shen is weak, we may suffer from sleeping problems, fatigue and exhaustion. And it’s common knowledge that lack of sleep can affect mood and weight (hello tyre-around-my-middle), immunity and ageing. And let's be clear here, we aren't against ageing, hey it's part of being alive. We are pro healthy ageing.
One reason (there are many) for the vast and significant effects of disturbed sleep, is because when we are tired, the adrenals jump in and try to compensate by releasing cortisol, to give us that little pep in our step again. This homeostatic process is triggered by the HPA axis. While our body is simply trying to right the ship again, this excess production of cortisol can lead to a whole host of negative issues. Charlotte Bronte's famous words could not be more relevant -
~ “a ruffled mind makes a restless pillow” ~
Here at SuperFeast, we practice what we preach and, from the top down, we ensure work-life balance is a priority. Yes, that’s right, we make sleep a priority, a non-negotiable. Want to look at improving your sleep hygiene habits? These are our top tips at SuperFeast HQ:
So SuperFeasters, it’s an oldie, but a goodie – get minimum seven hours of sleep a night and reap all the benefits.