Ancient Wisdom for Healthy Sleep (Part III)
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Sleep is the best medicine for restore, repair and rejuvenate the body. Therefore, good night's sleep is the key to our own operation, health and longevity.
The healthy sleep habits are to regulate sleep, and waking cycles to achieve quality sleep at night and wakefulness during the day.
To ensure a good night's sleep, Modern science has excellent suggestions based on research of sleep medicine, that are termed as sleep hygiene. The components are:
• Maintain a regular bedtime and wake. Even on occasions when he is forced to stay up late, should try to wake up at the usual time to keep pace.
• Allow sufficient time to achieve a 7 or 8 hours of sleep. Avoid staying in bed many hours without sleeping.
• Use your bed only for sleeping. Avoid watching TV, call friends or reading books in bed, because the body has to associate the bed with sleep and nothing more.
• Avoid eating a lot of food, using stimulants like coffee, tea or chocolate, exercise or have conversations thrilling moments before going to sleep.
• Make the bedroom a relaxer and silent. Keep the temperature is always comfortable; should not be too hot or too cold.
• Make sure you get a good exposure to the sun during the day, and hold the dim light in the afternoon or evening almost.
In classical Chinese medicine, ideal sleeping time is considered critical to the health. Apart from the suggestions that modern medicine offers, classical Chinese medicine emphasizes the importance of night time when one must sleep.
The ideal time to sleep is between the 21:00 and 23:00 hours. This is the time during which the energy (qi) circulates in the meridians of the triple burner (san jiao), unique concept of Chinese medicine. The triple burner affects functions of organs in the chest, abdomen and pelvis.
The upper heater, distributes oxygen and blood to the body. The heater means, absorbs, metabolized and turns food into nutrients for the body. The bottom heater, reabsorbs water and removes waste from the system. Therefore, triple burner functions determine normal body functions, being extremely important in their care.
Energy circulates through the system each 2 hours, therefore there 12 energy states. During the final phase of these 12 stages, the body goes into the restoration phase, time should maintain a calm mind, calm the emotions and reduce activities to a minimum. Some Chinese medicine experts suggest that the 22:30 and should be asleep.
Of the 23:00 to 3:00 energy circulates in the gallbladder and liver, as indicated in the part 2 this series. In Chinese medicine, systems of the gallbladder and liver regulate digestion, nutrition, connective tissues (tendons and ligaments). Also, regulate mood and sleep, maintain bone health, and regulate menstruation and reproducibility.
They are also in charge of the vision, and help with strategic planning skills and execution.
Maintain a good sleep during this time will prevent a host of health problems, especially for those who suffer from migraines, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, IBS, PMS, Infertility, breasts and uterine fibroids, and esophageal reflux.
Of the 3:00 to 5:00 of morning energy circulates through the lung meridian, therefore it is very important to sleep during these hours. According to Chinese medicine, The lungs are responsible for respiration, spread the qi and oxygen to the body. They also help regulate the metabolism of water and are connected to the functions of the large intestine.
While the energy of the lungs is what makes us stronger, this meridian is associated with sensitivity to sadness and sorrow. For those that have frequent respiratory infections, allergy, losses (emotional), grief, skin problems, frequent urination or bowel problems, is very important to maintain a good sleep.
Sleep well, sleep time. Live a long life, healthy living.
Source: The Epoch Times