Also in this quarter’s newsletter I would like to share some information about the importance of getting sufficient sleep from an article I read recently.
The article was written by an “Adelaide-born” sleep expert, Associate Professor Danny Eckert who completed his PhD at Adelaide University and then continued his studies at Harvard Medical School. He returned to Australia to lead sleep research at NeuRA – the Neuroscience Research Australia in Sydney.
Professor Eckert says that “Limiting your sleep to five hours a night for a week is the equivalent of ageing a decade” which is certainly news many of us would not like to hear. Perhaps that is why we feel we “age” when we have babies and toddlers.
He continued on to say, “sleep is one of the three pillars of health, alongside diet and exercise. They are the three things that can really be game-changers in health”.
He said tests on a typical, healthy, 20-year-old male who restricts their sleep to five hours a night for a week will show that testosterone levels plummet. “It’s as though they’ve aged over a decade… it’s astonishing,” he says.
A test of blood glucose levels on a healthy individual would reveal that after 35 hours of sleep in a week, “you are now pre-diabetic”.
Eckert says “just 18 hours of sleep deprivation is the equivalent to blowing 0.05 on a blood-alcohol test; 24 hours would equate to 0.1” which certainly confirms the assertion that sleep deprivation behind the wheel is as bad as driving intoxicated.
However, before we all start to panic, I would like to add that in my experience, I have found that each individual’s constitution responds differently to the challenges placed upon them. Which means, for example, that the amount of sleep one person needs to function at their optimum can be different to that of another individual. This may also account for why some people seem to make unhealthy nutritional choices and yet seem quite healthy and others who eat healthily seem to be plagued by constant poor health?
The way each individual process their food is genetic, meaning that Nutrition is not just a physical process – the whole person is involved – mental, emotional, physical, energetic. How we eat, and the foods we choose, can be very much a habit. Just as the foods we eat needed water for their growth, we need water to nurture the biochemical processes that transfer that food into usable energy.
There are more things supporting our life experience than just the foods we eat:
· We have thoughts, positive and negative which all have a direct influence on what we do with and how we use our energy.
· We can be creating internal conflicts that use up our energy before we even become conscious that it’s happening.
· We have emotional responses that can influence our energy very significantly.
Neuro-Training helps to rebuild the nervous system’s response to nutrition, sleep, and many other challenges.