Researchers believe that stress and anxiety triggers the release of cortisol, a hormone that that raises blood pressure and blood sugar. This in turn causes insomnia or sleep deprivation and may eventually lead to bad health problems.
The early signs are the appearance or accentuation of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin, most noticeable around the eyes.
Deep Sleep Helps You To Dream
The first problem to address is how to relieve the day to day stress and anxiety that so many of us suffer from and that seems to come to a head when we get into bed to try to get a good nights sleep.
Stop drinking alcohol as early in the evening as you can,
- avoid aspirin
as all these blocks the body from producing melatonin, the hormone that helps us into deep sleep accompanied by dreams.
REM sleep accounts for only about a quarter of our sleep periods.
The majority is made up ‘quiet sleep’, known as ‘NREM’ when virtually all movement slows down. This when the body revitalises itself with hormones that generate growth to repair, maintain and renew the physical body’s vital functions.
The importance difference with REM is that muscles relax allowing the skin to revert to smooth lines and all stress and anxiety to be absorbed and forgotten as our dreams take control.
That means that while any sleep is important for our health and well being, the more REM sleep we can get the longer we can delay those aging wrinkles appearing particularly around our eyes.
The natural approach is the best defence against sleep deprivation. Refrain from drugs that may inhibit melatonin, controversially a hormone that produces deep ‘REM’ sleep but inhibits ‘NREM’ sleep.
Dreaming can also be blocked by sleeping pills as well as aspirin and ibuferon.
Before going to bed dim the bathroom lights and relax in a warm bath with chamomile or lavender essential oils. They will slow down your brain activity as you inhale them. It will help you relax your muscles and prepare you for sleep.
Get into a warm bed, if the bed or sheets are cold it will alert your senses and you do not want that!
Most of us have heard of counting sheep to get to sleep and it may work for you. The important point is to unclutter your mind and concentrate on relaxed deep breathing.
Don’t let your emotions get in the way of your peace of mind, even if you have to stop thinking of the stressful events of the day, counting sheep is as good a way as any other.
The more you dream the better for your youth and beauty.