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Sleeping Trouble? Discover Why Winter is the Ideal Time to Learn How to Sleep Right

It may seem like you never get enough sleep, and during the busy winter season things like stress, travel, hectic holiday schedules and more can really keep you from getting a good night's sleep.

But sleep is essential to properly recharge your body and achieve good health. And winter is without question the best time to focus on your sleep. With the shorter days, Mother Nature is providing us with extra hours of darkness to help us catch some extra ZZZZs. Doing so is much more important than you may realize.

Run down from holiday stress? Recharge your weakened adrenals with plenty of sleep.

The Vicious Cycle

It turns out that many people have trouble sleeping, even if they are tired! The key to this mystery lies with the little-known glands on top of your kidneys -- the adrenals.

These days, most people have weakened adrenals caused by a diet low in minerals and high in sugar, stress, poorly digested foods, and over-the-counter and prescription drugs.

When your adrenals are healthy, they help you sleep more deeply and for longer periods, but you NEED sleep to keep them healthy!

Ten Common Symptoms of Weak Adrenals

  • Difficulty falling asleep at night, sleep lightly or wake early or often
  • Hormone imbalances and low sex drive
  • Difficulty relaxing, nervous, anxious or hyperactive
  • General exhaustion
  • Memory problems and feeling "spacey"
  • Weight gain, especially in abdomen and waist area
  • Cravings for sugar and salt
  • Early aging
  • Constipation
  • No energy for digestion of foods

Your Adrenal Bank Account

Think of your adrenals as a bank account: you make withdrawals every time you experience too much stress, a poor diet, and too little sleep or poor quality sleep. If you don't make regular deposits of healthy food, relaxation and plenty of rest, you deplete your adrenals, hamper their performance and disrupt the natural rest/renewal cycle of your body.

What Do Adrenals Do?

Your adrenals:

  • Are active in all other systems of your body.
  • Determine your body's response to stressors of all kinds, from food and viruses to your environment and your job.
  • Affect the level of cortisol in your body - key for metabolism and sleep.
  • Are the main source of sex hormones in your body.

Body Ecology teaches that the adrenals are intricately linked to the thyroid, another small organ that is crucial for hormone production, balance and metabolism. Together they directly affect your energy and vitality.

SLEEP To Care For Your Adrenals

Sleep is especially important for your adrenals because while you sleep your adrenals are hard at work trying to repair your body.

SleepAdrenal fatigue affects every part of your body. Find out if you are at risk and how to reverse the damage in the highly acclaimed Adrenal Fatigue CD by Body Ecology founder Donna Gates.

Take advantage of the shorter days of winter and resist the urge to get everything on your "to do" list done. After all, longer nights are nature's way of telling you to sleep a little bit more right now, before the onset of a busy spring, summer and fall.

  • Turn off your TV and computer as soon as it gets dark outside.
  • Get to bed early as often as you can. Try to shoot for 10 p.m. at the latest and sleep in on weekends if your schedule allows.
  • Take a long weekend - resting for 4 days straight can actually re-charge your adrenals and recharge your vitality.

Get Your Minerals!

Adrenals thrive on adequate minerals - so be sure to get plenty of minerals from dark leafy green vegetables, and ocean veggies. The Body Ecology system of health and healing also uses grain-like seeds for minerals and for vitamin, fiber and protein. (Be sure to read The Risks of Consuming Typical Grains & the Healthy Grains to Choose Instead)

Some other easy ways to provide your body with minerals and boost your morning energy are Vitality SuperGreen and Young Coconut Kefir.

Finally, to learn more ways to nourish your adrenals, listen to Donna Gates' CD Adrenal Fatigue CD. In this highly acclaimed audio presentation, Donna details the causes of adrenal exhaustion, links adrenal fatigue to diet and hormone therapy, and shares how the Body Ecology diet can strengthen your adrenals to improve your health!


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  • angela

    a brillant insight into the adrenal glands

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