Are You Getting Enough Sleep? - The Science Behind Why You Need More Sleep

After a long day at the office, we get home, kick off our shoes, enjoy dinner, and spend hours watching TV or scrolling on our phones until we finally doze off. But here's the kicker: we wake up the next morning feeling completely groggy despite having a full night’s sleep. If this sounds like you, then read on.

Today, L’évive Labs will cover the importance of sleep and detoxing for healthy aging, and we'll give you some tips on how to improve your sleep quality.

In this chapter, you’ll learn:

  • The importance of sleep
  • The best time to sleep and how it affects your organs
  • How cortisol and stress levels can impact your aging process
  • Daily rituals you can practice to keep calm and get enough sleep

## The Importance of Sleep: A Natural Detox Process

Sleep plays a vital role in the body's natural detox process. When we sleep, the body flushes out toxins and increases blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients, promoting cell regeneration and repair. Studies have proven that our brain eliminates beta-amyloid protein, which causes Alzheimer’s disease. Getting enough quality sleep also ensures your body produces growth hormones that aid in tissue repair and collagen synthesis. Collagen is essential for maintaining skin elasticity and firmness, key factors in keeping your skin looking young and plump.

So, if you want to tap into the fountain of youth, don't underestimate the power of a good night's rest. Make sleep a priority, and you'll not only feel more energized but also wake up to a more radiant version of yourself.

## Does it matter what time I sleep and wake up?

The short answer is, yes, it does. When you decide to catch some Zzz’s makes a huge difference in how you feel the next day.

Our bodies don’t just need 7-9 hours of sleep to recover from the day’s wear and tear, and here’s why. According to Chinese medicine, your body goes through a natural detoxification process that unfolds between of 9 pm and 5 am. During this timeframe, your body repairs itself in specific intervals. Here's the breakdown:

1. The endocrine system from 9 pm to 11 pm
2. The gallbladder from 11 pm and 1 am
3. The liver from 1 am and 3 am
4. The lungs from 3 am and 5 am.

The Benefits of an Early Bedtime

An early bedtime, say between 9 pm and 11 pm, offers you a full detox and rejuvenation session. However, if you burn the midnight oil, you disrupt this critical detox period, missing out on its invaluable benefits. Resting during this detox period makes you feel great and significantly boosts your overall health. You’ll wake up in a better mood, a more robust immune system, a healthier heart, and glowing skin – all thanks to quality sleep.

## The Effects of Poor Sleep: Cortisol and Aging

Disrupted sleep, however, elevates cortisol and hampers the regenerative process, leading to toxin buildup and causing issues in physical, mental, and cognitive health.

When we're stressed, our body releases cortisol, a hormone meant to help us deal with tough situations. But when stress becomes chronic, cortisol sticks around longer than it should, wreaking havoc on our health.

Chronic sleep deprivation leads to chronic insufficient detoxification, resulting in toxin buildup and accumulation. It also leads to insufficient repair and regeneration, ultimately contributing to the aging process. Elevated cortisol levels eventually lead to an adrenal burnout state, resulting in a loss of drive, motivation, adrenaline rush, and energy, among other issues.

## How stress accelerates aging:

  • Stress hormones: Prolonged cortisol production leads to inflammation and damage to DNA and cells.
  • Oxidative stress: Long-term stress causes oxidative stress and disrupts the body's ability to repair itself resulting in damage to cells, proteins, and DNA, contributing to premature aging.
  • Shorter telomeres: Stress affects telomeres, the protective caps on the end of chromosomes that shorten with each cell division. Chronic stress has been associated with shorter telomeres, which contribute to premature aging.

## The Body’s Natural Repair Mechanism:

The body has mechanisms to repair damaged cells and tissues, which become more active once the stress is reduced. Reduced stress allows cells to produce more antioxidants and activate DNA repair mechanisms, reducing the damage caused by oxidative stress.

## How to manage stress and sleep better:

Follow L’évive Lab’s impactful pre-bedtime routine to release stress and relax before bed.


Sleep Hygiene 101:

  • Practice meditation and deep breathing exercises to calm your mind (e.g., 4 seconds inhale – 7 seconds hold – 8 seconds exhale).
  • Do gentle stretching or yoga to help your body relax (to release muscle tension and prevent sleep cramps and muscle sores).
  • Take a warm shower or bath (optional: use essential oils like lavender) (Epsom salt essential oil soak).
  • Practice journaling to declutter your mind and practice gratitude.
  • Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake 4 hours before bedtime (stay away from caffeine; if consumed, do so as early as possible; avoid alcohol as much as possible as it reduces sleep quality) (Drink calming and relaxing flower tea e.g., lavender, chamomile, rose, etc.).
  • Reduce screen time before bed (no electronic/screen stimulation before bed; this tricks your brain into thinking it's noon time! PS: use a strong blue light blocker).
  • Listen to soothing music (binaural low-frequency sleep-inducing music).

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Key Takeaways:

  • Sleep is a powerful detox and rejuvenation process for your body and mind.
  • Sleeping early allows the body to repair itself naturally and promotes youthful skin and overall well-being.
  • Chronic stress leads to cellular damage, inflammation, and premature aging.
  • Adopt daily rituals like meditation and physical activity to manage stress and improve sleep.
  • Create a sleep hygiene routine that works for you and stick to it.

By following these tips, you can improve your sleep quality and detox your body naturally. This will help you feel more energized, healthy, and radiant.

Stay tuned for our next chapter as we continue to guide you toward a youthful and vibrant life.

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1. Chow, C. M. (2020, April 22). Sleep and Wellbeing, Now and in the Future. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17082883

2. Haack, M., & Mullington, J. (2005, December 1). Sustained sleep restriction reduces emotional and physical well-being. Pain; Elsevier BV. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pain.2005.09.011

3. Stokes, V. (2023, April 24). Stress Can Increase Your Biological Age. Here’s How You Can Reverse It. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health-news/stress-can-increase-your-biological-age#How-stress-ages-the-body


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