Sleep is the most important part of a successful tomorrow. We recover from the day, and our bodies have a change to regenerate and grow new cells. We wake up each day with 1500 new neurons, 100 billion immune cells from our bone marrow, and 250 billion red blood cells. It is incredible when you look at the numbers. That is a lot of work our bodies do! No wonder why we get so tired at the end of the day. Our bodies make miracles happen.
Being tired and feeling exhausted does not necessarily translate to a restful and restorative sleep, unfortunately. Many people suffer from poor sleep, and the causes and symptoms vary. From mental disturbances to too much late-night screen time or eating too late before bed, drinking too much caffeine, or eating too much sugar, the factors that contribute to a failure of a good night's rest never seem to end. No matter the reason, getting a good night's sleep can easily make the biggest difference in productivity, wellbeing, and health.
Sleep is especially important for not only our bodies, but our brains as well. Humans have evolved to sleep throughout the night, making sure that our brains rest and reset for the following day. There was a study that found that a common symptom of a shorter sleep is eating about 500 more calories the day after. Our hunger cycles are also intricately linked to our sleep cycles. During sleep, our organs can rest and regenerate from a hard day's work. Getting 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep is key to keeping our hormone levels in check, our hunger at an appropriate level, and our stress at bay.
The modern-day lifestyle is notorious for cutting into our sleep cycles. Too many things in our immediate home environment disrupt the peaceful rest we all need and deserve. Stress, screen time, working in different time zones, binge watching Netflix, increased background noise levels from living in cities all exacerbate our abilities to wind down after a full day. It is important to notice our habits on how we work, and rest to see what we can change. No change is too small when we are needing to get a good rest. Passing out on the couch rarely makes for a good night's rest. Making the bedroom a sleeping sanctuary is a good first step. Getting a weighted blanket and putting on some relaxing spa music to help us get to our REM cycles seems to work well for a lot of people, no matter what age we are.
The earth has a sleep and wake cycle, and to keep healthy we cannot separate ourselves from the natural cadence of the world we live in. Our everyday life is often in direct conflict with the natural rhythms of our planet. The natural electromagnetic frequencies of the earth help us to keep our cells in the optimal range of health, regulating our melatonin, the sleep hormone. Low frequency PEMF devices mimic the earth's electromagnetic field from the comfort of our homes, where we are less exposed to nature and the outdoors. The evolution of humans living indoors and not nomadically is a benefit for convenience, warmth, and comfort, but also a detriment at times to our cells, and hormones. PEMF rentals are an easy way of trying to get some of that natural electromagnetic field into our lives again and returning to a more natural circadian rhythm.
Having a wind down routine for the evening is important to incorporate into our own good sleep etiquette. Whatever works for you, be it mindful breathwork, slow and gently movement techniques like yin yoga, stretching or foam rolling, a session on a low frequency pulsed electromagnetic field device (the Omnuim1 has an amazing sleep setting for this specific purpose), or journaling or reading a hard-copy book; it is important to take your sleep as seriously as you take your time being awake. Keeping a sleep journal can be helpful to motivate your progress to a peaceful slumber, and many devices and apps are available for tracking your sleeping habits too.
Once you start getting good sleep, it is easy to notice how just one bad night can throw off the next day. Chronic sleeplessness is all too common, and our world will be a more peaceful place if we all got the rest we deserved. It's always up to you to keep yourself and your healthy habits your top priority. Sleep on it!
A CLOSER LOOK
Magnetic fields from an extremely low intensity and low frequency (0.5 mT/5 Gauss 4 Hz) were tested in a double-blind study. Effects on sleep were studied prior to treatment after 2 and then again after 6 weeks of treatment. The results found were that PEMF’s applied at this field and intensity were effective in reducing sleep disturbances in 83% of the exposed group. (Fischer)
In another 4-week double-blind, placebo-controlled study, PEMF was tested for insomnia. One hundred patients were randomly placed in either active treatment or placebo groups. These groups each had three categories: trouble falling asleep (sleep latency), interrupted sleep, or nightmares. The study assessed 6 areas: sleep latency, frequency of sleep interruptions, sleepiness upon rising, daytime sleepiness, difficulty with concentration, and daytime headaches. In the active-treatment group, the values of all 3 categories had significantly improved results, no one had any adverse effects. 70% of the people given active treatment experienced substantial relief, 24% had clear relief, and 6% had slight relief. In the placebo group, only one patient had clear relief, 49% had some improvement, and 49% saw no change. Overall, the PEMF therapy helped about 90% of the individuals, versus only about 50% of the placebo group. This study was useful in showing that most basic types of sleep problems can be substantially helped with the use of PEMF therapies. (Pelka)