Stronger immunity, improved concentration and emotional stability could be 40 winks away
Healthy morning habits can bring order to our lives and kick-start a daily routine that benefits our overall well-being and productivity. While it may take about 40 days to create a habit, what really makes a habit stick is when we experience a positive outcome. The Ayurvedic approach to health, is to bring order by establishing consistent daily practices that restore balance. Consistency is a vital way to transform a habit into a daily routine that keeps our mental, emotional and biological health in check. Hitting the snooze button every morning is simply a bad habit. Waking up every day at the same time can break it, and have you on your way to sustaining health.
Our bodies are biological clocks with the succession of a circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythms are the cycles in the body that fluctuate over a 24-hour period. In an acknowledgment of its importance, a Nobel Prize was recently granted for research on circadian biology and its implications for our health and wellbeing. When there is prolonged misalignment between our lifestyle and our circadian rhythm it can increase the risk for various diseases. If we wake up at the same time every day, we can reinforce the circadian rhythm and be prompted to go to sleep at the same time every night.
The outcome is that our bodily functions and cycles operate efficiently, keeping our system strong and energized. Here are just some of the benefits of breaking with poor habits and adopting a routine wake up.
Better Digestion, Regularity, Stronger Immunity
Our circadian rhythm keeps our digestive system and metabolism in balance. When our body is well rested, our hormones and thyroid gland can function optimally, triggering hunger and the enzymatic juices that aid in digestion. For optimal digestive results, try eating meals at the same time every day. Studies show that a routine eating time supports our body’s internal clock and maintains a resilient digestive system.
A healthy cycle of digestion promotes regular bowel movements, which directly impacts our mood and state of health. If we are not eliminating properly, we can experience headaches, halitosis, loss of appetite, slow metabolism, indigestion and loss of sleep. Regularity helps move toxins out of the body, maintains our health and keeps our biological rhythm in order.
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A routine waking and sleeping cycle directly impacts our immunity. The Sleep Foundation states that, “Cytokines, the chemicals our immune systems use to help fight an infection, are powerful sleep