Ayurvedic Pillar #2 – Sleep

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“Happiness, misery, nourishment, emaciation, strength, weakness, virility, sterility, knowledge, ignorance, life and death—all these occur depending on proper or improper sleep.” -Charaka Samhita

Walk into any pharmacy in America and you will be overwhelmed by the number of laxatives and sleeping pills on the shelves—laxatives because collective America is chronically constipated, and sleeping pills because we are a nation of acutely sleep-deprived, walking zombies. Combine our toxic overload diet with our sleep deprivation, and there you have it: the state of American health.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when people don’t get enough sleep they are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity. The sleep-deprived have also been shown to suffer from higher rates of cancer, a reduced quality of life, and lowered productivity at work. With our sudden round-the-clock access to technology, overbooked calendars, and insane work demands, insomnia and other sleep issues are now becoming more the norm than the exception.

Getting our beauty z’s can do wonders for how we look and feel, inside and out. Sleep allows the body to detoxify itself from the day, revamping us for the day to come. Sleep is also when we heal the tissues of the physical body. It’s the time when we do a major subconscious dump of any undigested emotions and life scenarios.

Read more in Healthy, Happy,Sexy!

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