Sleep is essential to our physical and mental health. Our bodies healing work takes place while we sleep. Without the need to attend to all of the functions of daily life, your immune system and organs of detoxification can focus attention on cleansing and restoration. The reason being that the production of growth hormone which speeds the absorption of nutrients and amino acids into your cells and aids the healing of tissues throughout your body is at its peak during deep sleep.
Melatonin, a sleep hormone, is also produced during sleep, which prevents tumors, viral infections, stimulates your immune system, increases antibodies in your saliva, has antioxidant properties and enhances the quality of sleep.
Ideal sleeping environment
The earlier, the better. Cultivate the habit of going to bed early, before 10 pm. The environment where you sleep should be healthy, peaceful, airy and quiet. If noisy neighborhood or traffic sounds cannot be avoided then better get a music machine for soothing the environment. Natural cotton bedding and comfortable, loose cotton sleepwear should be preferred so that your body can breathe. Natural remedies like soothing baths and herbal teas can be tried for a peaceful sleep. Sleeping within two hours of eating should be avoided. This ensures that body’s energy is used for healing and rejuvenation rather than for digestion. Practising calming breathing and deep relaxation exercises can also help to promote restful sleep by quieting the body and mind.
What is Glycemic Index GI?
Definition of Glycemic Index: The Glycemic index or GI is measure of effect of complex sugar or carbohydrate on blood sugar level. In simple terms, this index is way of ranking food based on how quickly carbohydrate is broken into simple sugar and is assimilated in blood. High Glycemic index food is one which is assimilated in blood quickly, while low glycemic index food is one which takes time to assimilate.
In 1981, David Jenkins and Thomas Wolever of University of Toronto first invented the Glycemic index during their research on diabetes. This index is since then been used to classify food containing carbohydrates. The Glycemic index has been frequently used during discussion of controlling blood sugar in Diabetes. High Glycemic index food raises blood glucose (blood sugar -interchangeably used) faster.