During sleep, we are in an unconscious, anabolic state, which enables the growth and rejuvenation of the immune, nervous, skeletal and muscular systems.
At least, this was how our bodies were designed.
Unfortunately, we are encountering unprecedented levels of stress in our everyday lives, and this stress is wreaking havoc on the way our bodies were meant to function.
Sleep disorders, TMJ issues, and migraines/headaches are at an all time high in the US. One major reason for these illnesses is the lack of rejuvenation occurring at night. Many people are so stressed, they’re carrying this stress into their sleep.
Instead of resting, they’re figiting, grinding their teeth, balding their fist, restlessly twisting and turning, and this is if they can fall asleep at all.
How many times have you heard a coworker say, “I lost sleep over this project!” This is literally what is happening. Our bodies and minds are overloaded, and while our system tries its best to recoup during the night, our burdens are too heavy.
So to answer the original question, “Is sleep considered self-care?” I am going to answer no. In fact, committing to conscious self-care will actually improve your ability to truly rest.
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