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Monday, January 9, 2017


Today we begin our series on the health benefits of the BEST WAY method - from this book: "Somethin' To Shout About!" by Donna Green-Goodman, MPH

Bedtime Regularity

"Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest."
Matthew 11:28

During sleep, the body is repaired. All its activities lessen- less heat is produced, the breathing is slower, the heart beats more slowly, digestion is lessened, the nerves and muscles are relaxed. The entire system is slowed down, and the body building cells carry on their recuperative work.

1. Have regular hours for sleep. By sleeping at regular hours every night, the health, spirits, memory, and the attitude are improved. Irregular hours of sleeping causes the brain forces to be sapped.

2. Have an abundant supply of fresh air during sleep.  Sore throats, lung diseases and liver disorders occur when there is not a continuous supply of fresh air during sleep. Also, one wakes up feeling exhausted and feverish from the lack of oxygen. But, when there is a supply of fresh air while sleeping, a sound sweet sleep is induced.

3. The stomach should have its work all done that it may rest as well as the other organs while sleeping. When the stomach is not empty before sleep, the digestive process continues during the sleeping hours and this results in unpleasant dreams. Since the stomach has worked while you were sleeping, you awaken unrefreshed in the morning and with little desire for a hearty breakfast. You may experience the feeling of an unsettled stomach and/or nausea.

4. Early to bed and early to rise. The greatest amount of restoration is done to the body during deep sleep. Studies show that, due to the "circadian rhythm: which is regulated by the sun's rays, the deepest sleep occurs between 9p.m. and 12 midnight.

5. Persons who rest on the 7th day experience a joy unbeknownst to those who don't.

6. Persons who plan recreational vacations are rejuvenating their lives.

When you can't sleep:

1. Take a warm bath.
2. Have a cup of chamomile, catnip, skullcap, hops or lady's slipper tea.
3. Listen to some soothing music.
4. Turn off the craziness on TV and do some spiritual reading instead.
5. Count your blessings as part of your end of day conversation with God.

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