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What Does Your Sleep Pattern Look Like?

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It’s amazing these days with all of our technology…such as the FitBit, Apple Watch, etc… how we can tune into our bodies!  What does your sleep pattern look like?!

Rapid eye movement sleep (REM sleep, REMS) is a unique phase of sleepin mammals and birds, characterized by random/rapid movement of the eyes, accompanied with low muscle tone throughout the body, and the propensity of the sleeper to dream vividly.

The REM phase is also known as paradoxical sleep (PS) and sometimes desynchronized sleep because of physiological similarities to waking states, including rapid, low-voltage desynchronized brain waves. Electrical and chemical activity regulating this phase seems to originate in the brain stem and is characterized most notably by an abundance of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, combined with a nearly complete absence of monoamine neurotransmitters histamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.

REM sleep is physiologically different from the other phases of sleep, which are collectively referred to as non-REM sleep (NREM sleep, NREMS, synchronized sleep). REM and non-REM sleep alternate within one sleep cycle, which lasts about 90 minutes in adult humans. As sleep cycles continue, they shift towards a higher proportion of REM sleep. The transition to REM sleep brings marked physical changes, beginning with electrical bursts called PGO waves originating in the brain stem. Organisms in REM sleep suspend central homeostasis, allowing large fluctuations in respiration, thermoregulation, and circulation which do not occur in any other modes of sleeping or waking. The body abruptly loses muscle tone, a state known as REM atonia.

Professor Nathaniel Kleitman and his student Eugene Aserinsky defined rapid eye movement and linked it to dreams in 1953 and further described by researchers including William Dement and Michel Jouvet. Many experiments have involved waking up test subjects whenever they begin to enter the REM phase, thereby producing a state known as REM deprivation. Subjects allowed to sleep normally again usually experience a modest REM rebound. Techniques of neurosurgery, chemical injection, electroencephalography, positron emission tomography, and reports of dreamers upon waking, have all been used to study this phase of sleep.

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The quality of your sleep directly affects your mental and physical health and the quality of your waking life, including your productivity, emotional balance, brain and heart health, immune system, creativity, vitality, and even your weight. No other activity delivers so many benefits with so little effort!

Sleep isn’t merely a time when your body shuts off. While you rest, your brain stays busy, overseeing biological maintenance that keeps your body running in top condition, preparing you for the day ahead. Without enough hours of restorative sleep, you won’t be able to work, learn, create, and communicate at a level even close to your true potential. Regularly skimp on “service” and you’re headed for a major mental and physical breakdown.

The good news is that you don’t have to choose between health and productivity. By addressing any sleep problems and making time to get the sleep you need each night, your energy, efficiency, and overall health will go up. In fact, you’ll likely get much more done during the day than if you were skimping on shuteye and trying to work longer.

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Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep!!   Are you someone that can fall asleep right when your head hits the pillow?  AND….sleep the whole night through?  If not, you are not alone!  Some people have a hard time getting to sleep, and there are those that fall right to sleep…BUT…wake up at 2, 3, or 4:00am and lay awake, tossing and turning, getting frustrated!  Counting sheep…

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Here is an article that may be of help! Thank you Healthy Lifestyle & Nutrition and Ask Deniza for the info!

Falling asleep may seem like an impossible dream when you’re awake at 3 a.m., but good sleep is more under your control than you might think. Following healthy sleep habits can make the difference between restlessness and restful slumber. Researchers have identified a variety of practices and habits—known as “sleep hygiene”—that can help anyone maximize the hours they spend sleeping, even those whose sleep is affected by insomnia, jet lag, or shift work.

Sleep hygiene may sound unimaginative, but it just may be the best way to get the sleep you need in this 24/7 age. Here are some simple tips for making the sleep of your dreams a nightly reality: Read more….

Lavender essential oil is amazing…..  I love to use Améo Lavender Essential Oil to help me sleep… A couple drops on the bottom of my feet and pillow are so calming and help me to relax!  If you wake up in the middle of the night, grab your lavender, take a sniff and no sheep needed..(at least for me).  Or you can diffuse in your bedroom!  Lavender has many other benefits too!

A little info on Lavender farming!  Why do I choose Améo…click here!

For more info… go to www.food4thoughtwellness.com or www.lwalling.myameo.com

Using the tips that Healthy Lifestyle & Nutrition gives in the article above and a little lavender..I wish you Sweet Dreams!

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A Nighttime Ritual For Deep, Restful Sleep

Thank you Mind Body Green for the following info!

A Nighttime Ritual For Deep, Restful Sleep!

Smell something nice.

Inhaling serene scents is a great way to ensure a restful and relaxing night’s sleep. Evidence suggests certain aromas may actually reduce blood pressure and heart rate, creating a calming effect in the body. Mist this sedating scent around your room, over your pillow and even on your body for a soothing bedtime ritual:

½ ounce of Rose Hydrosol
½ ounce distilled water
4 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil

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4 drops Patchouli essential oil

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The Patchouli plant originated in Indonesia and comes from the Labiatae, or mint, family. Patchouli possesses a scent that was made widely popular in the 1960s, as it is often associated with grounding and relaxing meditation. Patchouli essential oil, which contains many beneficial constituents, is also found in various romantic blends. BENEFITS When used aromatically, Améo Patchouli oil provides a serene sense of clarity and helps release negative thoughts. It also promotes normal digestion and normal intestinal function. When used topically, Améo Patchouli oil relieve in minor skin irritations and aid in skin restoration. Note: Améo Patchouli oil should be used for aromatic, topical, and dietary supplement use only. If pregnant or under the care of a physician, consult your medical practitioner prior to use. Améo Patchouli oil is considered generally safe for use with children aged 2 and above. If any reaction or adverse effect occurs, discontinue SUGGESTED USES • Diffuse Patchouli oil in an Améo diffuser for a sense of clarity and encouraging thoughts • Apply a few drops of Patchouli oil topically as needed to minor skin irritations to aid in restoration • Add 1-2 drops of Patchouli oil to your normal face cleanser, or apply directly to the skin, to help clear minor blemishes • Rub 3-5 drops of Patchouli oil onto the abdomen to promote normal digestion

8 drops Sandalwood essential oil

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Combine the ingredients into a 1 oz misting bottle. Shake gently before misting.

Sweet dreams!

For more tips on a restful nights sleep read the rest of the article here!

For more info on Améo oils…click here!

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