The Importance of Sleep During a Detox

by Head Health Nutter on December 8, 2012

Are you going through a detox or planning one for the upcoming New Year? If you’ve never experienced a detox, you’ll find out in today’s post by Melissa Jones, you might need more sleep or have difficulty sleeping. Melissa discusses all this and gives us tips in how to get more sleep during a detox. 

With today’s fast-paced lifestyle, many struggle to get enough sleep at night to encourage optimal health and prevent illness. While many have turned to holistic practices such as detoxing to improve their health, sleep is especially important during the detox period as the body heals and revitalizes itself naturally. As the body releases toxins during the detox period, a person can begin to feel irritable and tired.

The increased feeling of tiredness may be the body’s way of signaling that it needs more rest than usual. It is important to allow the body to get the extra rest it needs so that energy can be redirected to the body’s systems that work extra hard during the detoxification process. Getting at least eight hours of sleep nightly is recommended as this will allow the major body systems to rest and the body’s cells to be renewed.

While some may feel more inclined to sleep while undergoing a detox, others may have disrupted sleep. Although getting adequate sleep may be more difficult in this case, it is important to try to adhere to at least eight hours of sleep each night.

Changing the sleeping environment may prove helpful in getting a full night’s rest. For example, keeping the bedroom dark with heavy window dressings and/or wearing a sleep mask may prevent artificial light from disrupting the body’s internal clock. Keeping the bedroom at a moderate temperature may also help with falling and remaining asleep by reducing the likelihood of sleep disturbance due to temperature-induced discomfort.

Sleep may also be enhanced by adapting daytime habits to encourage nighttime sleeping. Getting more exercise can be helpful; however, exercise should be avoided several hours before bedtime, as the body and mind may be too energetic to sleep. Those who suffer from insomnia should also avoid daytime naps, as they may take away from the ability to sleep at night.

Avoiding certain types of food and drink such as spicy or heavy foods, alcohol, caffeine, and sugary foods several hours before bedtime can allow the body more time to digest these foods, thereby increasing the likelihood that the digestive system will be more relaxed at bedtime. Creating a regular bedtime routine, such as taking a warm bath or shower and going to bed at the same time every day can help to signal the body that it is time for bed, thereby making falling asleep at the desired time easier.

For many people, getting adequate sleep on a daily basis can be quite difficult. Undergoing a holistic detox may add to the difficulty of establishing a healthy sleep pattern. Fortunately, by making a few simple lifestyle and environmental modifications, good, quality sleep can be achieved.

About the Author

Melissa Jones spends her days as the Online Marketing Specialist for Respshop.com, a popular online vendor for cpap/respshop machines. Melissa’s evenings and weekends are occupied reading, researching running shoes, and tending to her writing obsession.

Do you have any tips to share about sleeping during a detox? Normally, I’ll schedule my detox during vacation or at the very least, when I can take a few days off in a row. 

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