Having a good night’s sleep allows the body time for replenishment, repair and rejuvenation. It nourishes skin cells and gives the body the chance to eliminate toxins. Not having enough sleep can lead to a build up of toxins which in turn can be a contributory factor in the growth of fibroids. This explains why the fibroid in my uterus is growing in size as I am severely sleep deprived!
Therefore, lack of sleep can cause at least 3 potential problems as far as fibroids are concerned:-
1. Toxic overload
3. Hormonal imbalances
How much sleep do we need?
Most of us need around eight hours of good-quality sleep a night to function properly – but some need more and some less. What matters is that you find out how much sleep you need and then try to achieve it.
As a general rule, if you wake up tired and spend the day longing for a chance to have a nap, it’s likely that you’re not getting enough sleep
2. Sleep can help you keep your weight in check
3. Sleep boosts mental wellbeing
4. Sleep prevents diabetes
5. Sleep increases sex drive
6. Sleep wards off heart disease
7. Sleep increases fertility
How to catch up on lost sleep
If you don’t get enough sleep, there’s only one way to compensate – getting more hours of shut eye.
It won’t happen with a single early night. If you’ve had months of restricted sleep, you’ll have built up a significant sleep debt, so expect recovery to take several weeks to months.
Starting on a weekend, try to add on an extra hour or two of sleep a night. The way to do this is to go to bed when you’re tired and sleepy, and allow your body to wake you in the morning naturally (no alarm clocks allowed!).
Expect to sleep for upwards of 10 hours a night at first. After a while, the amount of time you sleep will gradually decrease to a normal level.