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Sleep is King, Water is Queen

Sleep is King, Water is Queen

At the North Carolina School of Advanced Bodywork, one of my instructors said, when asked the question of the perfect sleeping position, ‘I don’t care if you have to sleep upside down, with an arm sticking out.  A good night’s sleep trumps all!’.  I’ve always remembered that.  Research shows that a good night’s sleep improves cognitive function (improved memory), boosts the immune system, boosts performance whether at work or at play, strengthens the heart, and can prevent weight gain!  This is just a small list of great benefits.  This is why I say that Sleep is King!

I found a surprising statistic while doing research for this article from the CDC – there is a higher percentage of Americans in the southeast that are sleep deprived.  Unfortunately, part of this statistic is true because there is a higher prevalence of obesity, hypertension, and other chronic diseases.

Insomnia costs the US workplace $63.2 billion per year.  I would imagine this is lost work (sick days), and workplace accidents.  In adolescents, sleep deprivation can cause mood/behavior disorders and poor academic performance.  It also takes much longer than people think to catch up on sleep deprivation.  The longer the deprivation, the longer time (in nights) it takes to reverse.

What does it take to get a good night’s sleep?

We’ve all heard about unplugging.  It helps to put the phone in another room.  Limit the consumption of food and alcohol later in the day for improved results.  Take a relaxing bath or shower…..whatever works for you!  A routine helps as well.  For me, honoring my natural circadian rhythm is a must! I have always jokingly stated that I turn into a pumpkin at 10 pm.  It’s true – I really need to be in bed at that time. If I stay up too long after that, it gets harder and harder for me to fall asleep.  Something that also helps me is having a glass of water nearby.  Believe it or not, I wake up thirsty during the night.  Now we get to talk about why Water is Queen!

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Our bodies are anywhere from 50-75% water.  Like sleep, water also plays an important role in all the systems of the body.  By the time you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated!!

Being 2% dehydrated decreases cognitive function, slows down metabolism and negatively affects mood.  And it can make you sleepy!!  Being dehydrated can increase the risk of kidney stones.  Being 3% dehydrated can cause heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and cramps.  Being dehydrated can also decrease the function of our lymph system, which is the body’s first line of immunity!

As you can see, sleep and water are King and Queen and play a huge role in our overall health and wellness!

Please do some research, ask some questions!  Become an expert of your body.

And if you ever think of a question that you want me to write about, please let me know!

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Feeding Yourself

Feeding Yourself

During the holidays, it is very easy to neglect your self-care.

As a single mom of two sons, it was very important for me to get up early in the morning and enjoy a quiet cup of coffee.  This set the tone of my day so that I could ‘handle’ what the day brought on!

As a parent, it sometimes feels that you are expected to give, give, give.  However, if you don’t fill your tank, it will run empty, and that isn’t good for anyone.  I love how Lisa Nichols talks about feeding people from your saucer and not your cup.  If your cup is running over into the saucer, you can give without it costing you more than you have.

Because of the demands of my work and being a single parent, my empty tank began to take its toll.  Learning that taking care of myself first (can anyone say guilt?) went from being a luxury to a necessity.

Finding out what is important for your well being doesn’t have to be tricky.  Knowing that I am an introvert, it makes sense that quiet time refuels me.  Add in a little meditation, yoga, reading, classical music, and walking, and my take begins to fill.  But what works for me, may not work for you.

Don’t forget to eat healthy and drink lots of water!  Look for my future article – Sleep is King, Water is Queen.

I hope that everyone has a very Happy Holiday season, but remember – Feed Yourself!

Please do some research, ask some questions!  Become an expert of your own body.

And if you ever think of a question that you want me to write about, please let me know!

Julie Fisher NC/SC LMBT

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Sewage System of the Body

Sewage System of the Body

No, it isn’t your bowels!  Welcome to the wonderful world of Lymph!  The lymphatic system is one of the first lines of immunological defenses of the body.  It has many other extremely important functions as well.

The lymphatic system creates immune cells such as lymphocytes, monocytes, and plasma cells.  The lymphatic system sends these cells throughout the body to wherever they are needed.  It then carries away dead cells to be removed.

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It is the circulatory system’s sister and is the second pathway back to the heart.  Lymph is the fluid that helps produce the connective tissue of the body – think fascia and bones, to name a couple.  The lymph system does not have its own pumping system like the heart in the circulatory system.  Movement is key!!  (Look forward to my video series – Combatting FFP – Front Forward Posture)

Ever wonder why massage therapists always tell you to drink more water?  The lymph system is throughout the body and a lot of it is just under the skin.  So, when you receive a massage, the lymph fluid has been manipulated, releasing toxins.

Think of cleaning with a sponge.  Before you use the dirty sponge somewhere else, you have to clean it.  Same thing with our lymph.  Once it has been manipulated it has to be cleaned out by drinking more water.  The type of water you drink is also important.  (Look for the Hydration vs Saturation)  If you ever feel like you have the flu the next day after a massage it means you need to drink more water!

When the body has had surgery or trauma, the damaged tissue responds with inflammation to protect the area (not to mention the fascial response, which we will talk about in another article).  Lymphatic massage helps to reduce painful swelling from the traumatized area.

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Julie Fisher


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