30 Days of Inspiration : Sleep

March is celebrated as Spiritual Wellness Month. It is a time to reflect on the values, ethics and morals that add value and give meaning to your life. Here at diGJamaica, we’re going on a quest for 30 days of inspiration: extracting the common principles from different religions and systems of belief that help their followers to find inner peace, purpose and direction. Each day for the month of March, we will be sharing another principle with you. Join us as we embark on this journey to spiritual wellness.


What we’ve covered so far:


Sleep

Why? Because the only remedy for sleep is sleep. Not power drinks or coffee or tablets. When your body needs rest, the best and wisest thing to do is … wait for it … to rest. It may not seem like a very spiritual practice, but it is so essential to your overall physical, mental and emotional well-being that it is an important part of your spirituality.

Did you know that blood vessels are healed and repaired while you sleep? And that if you do not get enough sleep, it negatively affects your liver, kidneys, heart and blood pressure? Sleep deprivation can also give rise to problems with your immune system, central nervous system, digestive system, respiratory system, and cardiovascular system – that’s pretty much your entire body. Chronic sleep deprivation also leads to increased levels of cortisol – the stress hormone – in your body.

An interesting Wikipedia fact: “Randy Gardner holds the scientifically documented record for the longest period of time a human being has intentionally gone without sleep not using stimulants of any kind. Gardner stayed awake for 264 hours (11 days).” While no-one on record in recent history has died of sleep deprivation, scientist warn that if a human being goes enough time without sleep, he/she can die. So don’t take it lightly. Get rest as often as you need it, and don’t fall into the chronic sleep deprivation trap.