Is Good Sleep That Important To A Successful Lung Detox? You Bet!

Sleep is supposed to take up one third of our lives, but for most of us, this isn’t nearly the case.  It is also known as the third pillar of good health, along with the right food (in the right quantities) and regular exercise.  But how many of us really think about getting enough good sleep, and do you have any idea how lack of sleep (known as a sleep debt) can not only reduce your chances of a successful quit attempt, but also a successful Lung Detox?  After reading this, you might just turn out that light a bit earlier and sleep a bit more regularly!

What Does Sleep Really Do For Us Anyway?

Sleep is important not only for your mind, but your body too.  While you sleep, your brain goes over the stronger memories of your day, reinforcing them and then shuffling them from short term to long term memory.  This is why when someone is tortured using sleep deprivation, they often have little clear recollection of that time, as they didn’t have the sleep to lay down the memories into long term storage.  For the average person, 8 hours is the optimal sleeping period.  That is made up of 3 hours of light sleep – where your mind sorts through the day’s recollections in short term memory – three hours of deep sleep – where the ‘important’ memories are shaped and then moved to long term memory – and 2 hours of dreaming – where your mind is trying to ‘sort out problems you’ve had during the day’ for you.   This, of course, isn’t always obvious, because the subconscious works quite differently from the conscious, logical mind.

While the brain is sorting all that memory stuff out, the body is also very busy.  It is digesting, storing energy (in the form of fat), increasing muscle mass (if your muscles have been challenged during the day) and your immune system is busy, protecting and repairing your body.  This is very important for a Lung Detox, as your immune system plays a central role in clearing your lungs.  Without enough good sleep, the detox will simply take longer, or, in the worst of cases, may not work at all.

So If We Don’t Get Enough Good Sleep, What Effects Does It Have?

A recent study of a man who was trying to get by on 3 hours sleep a night showed up some rather startling effects after just a few days.

  1. He was a 15 year martial artist, third dan black belt, and he said after 3 days he was making beginner mistakes (co-ordination and memory problems), and when he was thrown, the room kept spinning (balance problems).
  2. In a driving test, he was unable to properly react to surprises (drop in reflexes), and often unable to make a quick decision when he’d previously been told what to do.  He was also monitored to have had over 60 (!!!)  micro-sleeps (those momentary losses of consciousness that can kill on long trips) during the driving test, many of which were while he was waiting for instructions.
  3. In memory and comprehension tests, he failed almost every time.
  4. On doing blood tests on this daring man, it was found that:
    • His insulin production had dropped by half!  This is the same level as pre-diabetes (Type II).
    • His levels of PYY production (the gut hormone that makes you feel full/sated) were down by 40%.  This suggests a link between sleep debt and overeating.
    • His immune function had also dropped by 50%!  This is the big one, because it opens a sleep deprived person up to infection.  It is also reduces his ability to clean and repair his organs, and this is especially important during a Lung Detox.

So clearly, good sleep is very important.  So how do we get the good sleep we need?

Make Your Sleep Good Sleep & Pay Back That Sleep Debt!

There are a few important points to consider when making your sleep count towards your good health, and a successful Lung Detox. 

 

  1. If you have a sleep debt, you need to pay the bank!  All those short nights cannot be replaced by caffeine.  You need to make up the sleep, by sleeping more than an 8 hour night.  Just try this.  Put down the TV remote, or turn off the PC, and get 9 hours sleep a night for a whole week.  C’mon, you can do it.  It’s just a bit of TV, or that game or Facebook you can catch up on later.  Just get that sleep debt leveled off a bit.  You’ll be amazed by the difference it makes in how you feel every day.  You’ll be more productive, clearer thinking, and happier!
  2. Work out your sleep cycle and then stick to it.  Not everyone works on a 2 x 4 (=8) hour cycle.  Even if you spend 8 hours in bed a night, it might not be working quite right for you.  When your life is in a position where there are few outside distractions to getting a good night’s sleep, try adding an hour, or taking one away, and over the course of a week, see if you feel better when you awake and through the day.  Play around with the times, adding or removing half an hour until you work out your optimal sleep time.  Once you have it, get it regularly and you’ll be well on the way to having good sleep.
  3. Stop concentrating hard at least an hour before you plan to go to bed.  It is important to wind your mind down before settling down in bed.  This should help you get off to sleep a lot easier.  Also, if you’ve had a rough day and are feeling stressed, or you have a lot of unanswered questions running around in your mind, this can also stop you getting off to sleep.  So distract yourself with something light and totally uninvolved in your day to day.  Novels, documentaries on TV, some form of light entertainment that you don’t need to concentrate too hard on.  If that doesn’t work, try meditation or other mind calming techniques.
  4. Get some exercise in the late afternoon/early evening.  Just a little exercise near the end of the daylight hours can really help your ability to sleep.  Likewise, exercise early in the day can help you lose weight more effectively.
  5. Keep the lights low in the house of an evening. Many people don’t think of this, but all the artificial light we bathe ourselves in once the sun goes down can have a drastic effect on our sleep cycles.  If you use bright halogen lamps at home in the evening, this strong light can actually reset your sleep cycle, and mess up your circadian rhythm!  So keep the lights low after dinner, and you’ll find sleep a lot easier to find each night.

By following these few simple recommendations, you can greatly improve the quality and regularity of your sleep.  Also, keeping stress levels manageable will also greatly improve your sleep.  By sleeping well, and by realizing that stressing does more damage to you than it contributes to solving your problems, you’ll be healthier, and have a more successful Lung Detox.

A successful Lung Detox starts with the right program.  Try our Complete Lung Detoxification Guide series for the most in depth, comprehensive Lung Detox available today.  Get that Tar out of your lungs fast, and live healthy sooner (and sleep better at night for it!).

Until next time,

stay well, stay quit, and lung-toxin free.

William Renolds