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Reposted from @doctor.g_ (@get_regrann) – I am guilty of being a night owl! @empoweredautoimmune .
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🦍 There is a massive homeostatic and evolutionary drive for sleep.

🐁 In rodents, sleep deprivation leads to a dramatic rise in energy expenditure and weight loss, irrespective of food consumption, and death within 2 to 3 weeks.

🔹In humans with the rare hereditary condition fatal familial insomnia, which progressively impairs ability to sleep, death ultimately occurs within 8 to 72 months.

😴 Sleep deprivation, even on a milder scale, is associated in the scientific literature with development of the following:

✅ detriment to performance
✅ deterioration of memory
✅ immune and endocrine disruption
✅ obesity
✅ diabetes

🌿 The findings I discussed in my last post—that your body can’t detoxify if you aren’t getting restorative sleep—reinforce what has long been known by Traditional Chinese Medicine—and their concept of organ clocks.

🔮 Within this ancient medical system, energy or qi, is said to move through the body’s meridians and organs in a 24 hour cycle—with the energy strongest or most concentrated within a particular organ system within the body every two hours.

⏰ According to TCM, none of us should be going to bed after 10:30 PM.

🕰 From 11 PM – 3 AM, the liver and gallbladder began to regulate the flow of Qi, balance hormones, detoxify the body, and process, assimilate and integrate emotions.

🔬 This idea is reinforced by modern science, showing enhanced Slow Wave Sleep (SWS), the most restorative + memory consolidating part of our sleep, during the first third of our sleeping hours.

🛏 Sleep is subdivided into two distinct phases: rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and nonREM (NREM) sleep.

💤 REM sleep: 18-22% of sleep duration, comprised of rapid eye movements and a low-amplitude, and mixed-frequency EEG.

💤 NREM sleep: K complexes, sleep spindles, and SWS, subcategorized into 4 phases, where phases 1 and 2 are “light sleep” and stages 3 and 4 are “deep sleep”.

🛏 NREM sleep stages 3 and 4 are associated with SWS.

😴 During SWS, anti-inflammatory parasympathetic nervous system activity, mediated by the neurotransmitter acetylch


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