We all need Freedom From The Screen! Spiritually and practically!
“Come to Him, and find rest, friends. Put down your phone, your iPad, your device. Let Him teach you as He is teaching me – about grace, rest, and being still.” says Revelation Wellness leader.
Check out this great article from a fellow Christian Fitness Brand on the necessity of rest from a spiritual perspective.
Now let’s look at sleep from the practical stand point.
How much do I need and why is it so important?
Roughly 30% of adults have trouble with sleep in one way or another. Whether it’s falling asleep or staying asleep. Your body needs to recover from your day to day activity. Sleep is where the body recovers best. But not just ok sleep – DEEP sleep. And for 7.5-9 hours a night. It’s your biological maintenance.
Stage N3 (Deep sleep) –In this deepest stage of sleep, your brain waves are extremely slow. Blood flow is directed away from your brain and towards your muscles, restoring physical energy. N3 plays a major role in maintaining your health, stimulating growth and development, repairing muscles and tissues, and boosting your immune system. REM, which you hit right after N3 is for maintaining the brain.
Set the environment of your bedroom for successful sleep conditions. Here’s some tips:
- Stay away from electronics at least an hour before bed.
- A dark environment is best. Having the bright white happy bedrooms are not best environments for successful sleep. Your bedroom is your cocoon, you rest there. Have the rest of your house bright white and happy.
- The best temp to set your thermostat to is 68. The temperature of your sleeping area and how comfortable you feel in it affect how well and how long you snooze. Why? When you go to sleep, your set point for body temperature — the temperature your brain is trying to achieve — goes down. Think of it as the internal thermostat. If it’s too cold or too hot, the body struggles to achieve this set point. That mild drop in body temperature induces sleep. Generally, if you are in a cooler rather than too-warm room, it is easier for that to happen. But if the room becomes uncomfortably hot or cold, you are more likely to wake up. The comfort level of your bedroom temperature also especially affects the quality of REM sleep you get.
Other Helpful Sleep Tips
- no coffee after 1pm
- 5-10 min mobility before bed (upper back, shoulders, jaw, head, temples) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i463R5HGdVg
- Another idea is reading fiction book before bed, it helps relax the brain and preps it for dream cycles
- Never use your bed as an office
- “Bedtime” on IPhone for warning reminders that you’re getting close and need to wrap the night up
Sleep.org teaches us about the physical ramifications technology has on our sleep.