Rest – Living an INSPIRED Life With Doc Nuzum (video)Reading Time: 3 minutes
Jonathan Hunsaker: Are you getting enough rest? Is your body getting enough rest? Stay tuned to find out how much you need.
Jonathan Hunsaker here with Organixx. Thanks again for tuning in. Today, we’re going to continue to talk about INSPIRED: The 8 Pillars of Health.
Today, we’re talking about the letter R, Rest, and you hear it all the time. Did you get enough sleep? Are you getting enough sleep? And one of the biggest questions is, do you really need to get sleep, and how much sleep or rest do you need? Let’s go ask Doc Nuzum.
Dr. Daniel Nuzum: Okay, today, we’re talking about rest.
Rest and recuperation are pretty interesting in that your body does its healing while you’re resting. We have our autonomic nervous system. That’s our automatically-functioning nervous system is what that means.
Autonomic nervous system. On one side, you have the parasympathetic aspect of the autonomic nervous system. On the other side, you have the sympathetic aspect of the autonomic nervous system. When you’re awake, most of your functions are over here in the sympathetic nervous system, and when you’re asleep, most of your functions are over here in the parasympathetic nervous system.
When you’re in a full-blown fight or flight response, you’re entirely over here in the sympathetic nervous system. If you don’t come back out of that, you have a real hard time resting and recovering. Coming out of that fight or flight response is extremely important for us so that we can rest.
One of the ways of enhancing that is adaptogens. The other one is to make sure we’re going to bed at the same time every day, making your sleep a habit is extremely important. If you don’t sleep, you don’t heal.
You realize if you go for six weeks on minimal sleep, meaning four hours a night of sleep, there’s over 700 things that start to go wrong with your metabolism. There’s sugar metabolism, there’s thyroid metabolism, there’s adrenal hormone metabolism, there’s gut metabolism, there’s 700 different things that start to go awry if you’re not sleeping well at night.
So, rest is extremely important.
Think about this. You’re an athlete and you go, and you train, you go to the gym, you do all these different things and you push yourself to the limit. Did you know that all the gains that you make happen while you’re resting? The whole adaptation process gets finished as you sleep, and your body rebuilds itself stronger. After you stress it with the exercise, your body has to rebuild itself before it can be stronger. In that whole rebuilding process, that’s where the adaptation happens, and you actually become stronger.
So, when you’re sleeping is when you get the most recovery or recuperation, but also, we have to have down time.
Think of this. Even God took a day off. He created for 6 days and then he took a day off. So, if God takes a day off, we should take a day off every once in a while, alright?
If you don’t ever have down time, it causes more stress.
I recommend 8 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period. Not everyone can stay asleep for 8 hours straight. But making sure you get 8 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period is extremely important.
Other things, taking some down time, getting some rest where you’re not sleeping, but rest. Take some time off. If you work 24/7/365, eventually, if you burn the candle at both ends, the candle goes away real quick.
So, I hope that helps you understand rest and recuperation.
Jonathan Hunsaker: Thanks, Doc, for always sharing so freely and giving us all of the information that we need to live an INSPIRED life.