What You Don’t Know About Sleep Can (really) Hurt You!

We all think we know what sleep is because we all sleep.  Actually, most of us sleep. There are people who don’t sleep. Because they don’t sleep they are slowly dying. Sadly, they feel like they’re dying. Most people who don’t sleep have asked for help but because we don’t know why they don’t sleep we haven’t been able to help them. There are other people who sleep but stop breathing while they sleep. Those people have “sleep apnea”. Most of us have heard of people with sleep apnea and the “masks” they have to wear at night. We are either related to them, sleep next to them, or are wearing a CPAP mask ourselves. The masks help but unfortunately they don’t cure the underlying problem; we are not supposed to stop breathing while we sleep.

There are many other types of sleep problems, most are poorly understood; “I sleep fine but I’m still tired in the morning”, “I sleep fine” but “my memory is lousy”,  “ I sleep fine but I have a headache every day”, “I’m in a bad mood every day”. Normal, healthy sleep every night produces a healthy person every morning. That means no medical problems and no pain on awakening. If we take a pill for a medical problem it means we’ve had to start relying on outside help because our repair is not normal. Using that outside help is not wrong, but it is a message; we’re no longer healing in sleep.

All of us are “self-repairing” beings. Each night we go into deep sleep and repair every part of our body. All the tools our cells use to do their jobs must be made at night and stored. Every cell needs enough of what it uses to do its specific job for a full 18 hours. We need enough insulin to match the sugar we eat, enough serotonin to keep us content and curious, enough adrenalin to keep us alert and safe on the drive home. If we run out of insulin by 10:00 am we need a doctor to give us insulin, because we’re diabetic, if we run out of serotonin a doctor to gives us an antidepressant. Each is a replacement for a chemical we used to make enough of.

At night all the moving parts of our body have to be repaired too; tendon fibers that broke while lifting a suitcase re-make themselves while we’re sleeping. Lubricant in a joint is replaced, muscles that ripped get mended. All of our moving parts get paralyzed during deep sleep so we can make these repairs. When we spend enough time properly paralyzed in deep sleep the repairs get done and we wake feeling great, both physically and mentally. But what if we are unable to enter into and stay in deep sleep? What if the paralysis gets goofed up and we get “too paralyzed”?

Sleep apnea is not due to being fat or having a fat neck. It is the result of being too paralyzed during deep sleep. It began to be reported in the 1980’s as sleep apnea. Because it was more frequently seen in obese males it was theorized to be related to obesity. We now know that obesity and sleep apnea may indeed come together, but obesity is not the cause of the apnea. Obesity and sleep apnea both began to appear more frequently as the increased use of air conditioning and sunscreen changed “outside humans” into “inside humans”. Over the last forty years sleep disorders have become epidemic, affecting as many children as adults, and reported from all countries in the world.

Humans have always lived outside, in the sun. We are as reliant on the sun as plants are. We need the sun to be healthy and have healthy sleep. On this site I will teach you how to use the vitamin D that comes from the sun to get back to sleeping in a normal, healthy way so you can repair your body every night. Go to the blog “Sleep is Involuntary” to learn more.