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18 Dec 2011   Shanti Gowans


Sleep is your body’s first and best way to great health. It is your body’s real ‘Fountain of Youth’. It rejuvenates and replenishes you, restoring youthful levels of hormones, minerals, and natural feel-good chemicals which are proven to help you relax. 
The secret to youthful good looks is sleep! During deep sleep, your body releases growth hormones to rebuild and repair your tissues, and reverses damage caused by stress, ageing, and UV radiation. When you don’t get enough sleep, your skin can’t renew itself, looks dull, and dark circles may appear under your eyes. 
As people get older, it gets harder and harder to sleep well. Important nutrient and hormone levels drop with age, and we experience more light sleep, wake up more during the night and so we enjoy less deep sleep.
When you don’t get enough sleep, you grow old before your time. Studies from Harvard University, the National Institutes of Health, the Mayo Health Clinic and other prominent health institutions confirm that when you don’t get enough sleep, the rate at which you age is accelerated.
“Lack of sleep may be related to obesity, diabetes, immune-system dysfunction, and many illnesses, as well as to safety issues such as car accidents and medical errors, plus impaired job performance and productivity in many other activities.”
Harvard Magazine, July/August 2005
Sleep is when your body and brain heal themselves. The average person needs 7-8 hours of sleep every night to keep their immune system, heart health, and metabolism functioning at peak levels. 
In fact, University of Chicago researchers made a frightening discovery. If you get only 4 hours of sleep for 6 nights straight, your immune system produces only half of the normal number of antibodies when you’re exposed to a virus!
Additionally, sleep protects your heart. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston studied over 70,000 women, aged 40 – 65. The women who slept 5 hours or less per night were 45% more likely to have heart problems, compared with women who slept a full 8 hours.
You may not be getting enough restful sleep if you suffer from any of the following:
  • You take more than 15 minutes to fall asleep at night
  • You wake up more than twice a night
  • You sleep less than 6 hours per night
  • You wake up too early and can’t get back to sleep
  • You feel groggy in the morning
  • You feel irritable, anxious or depressed
  • You have trouble concentrating
  • You crave sugar, carbohydrates, or caffeinated drinks
  • You snore or suffer from sleep aponea
Ending insomnia 
If you just never feel rested, if your sleep problems go on and on, year after year, here is something that can really help.
This is an all natural solution for a perfect night’s sleep. It’s available now, prescription free. It will enable you to have deep, rejuvenating sleep, and it won’t make you groggy in the morning. In fact, you’ll wake up feeling more alert, alive and rested than ever. Yoga is the secret to a perfect night’s sleep.
Relaxation classes

The incredible sleep solution that will have you feeling like a million dollars
If ever there was a natural alternative to give you a full and relaxing night’s sleep naturally, this is it. For deep rest, go to bed listening to Shantiji's CD entitled ‘Samadhi’. It is the ‘restful secret’ that will completely turn your life around. You will:
- feel as rested as if you have had a strong and restful eight hours of uninterrupted sleep
- wake up naturally smiling and eager to embrace the new day
- feel awake and productive with a new source of energy at work or play 
- eliminate the stress and moodiness associated with the lack of sleep
- start enjoying the activities and hobbies you love to do
- put an end to long or short term insomnia- feel and look like a million dollars.

Prescription sleeping pills won’t get you there. That’s because prescription pills are not designed to restore balance to your body and mind, and your insomnia can get worse even if you’re taking them. Sleeping pills don’t cure insomnia. All prescription sedatives and over-the-counter sleeping pills have side effects, including forgetfulness, confusion and even amnesia. They can also cause rebound insomnia which means when you go off your prescription sleeping pills, your insomnia could be even worse than when you started! They do not help you reach a level of deep, revitalising sleep.
If you’re 65 or older, using anti-anxiety drugs (benzodiazepines) for sleep can increase your risk of falls, with their resultant broken hips and legs, or even lead to car accidents. Even small doses may 
cause confusion, a loss of balance, and brain impairment. Additionally, full blown addiction to them can happen in a matter of weeks. Once your body is dependent, it’s hard to stop taking them. Withdrawal symptoms include shaking, sweating, heart palpitations, insomnia, and anxiety that can last for months.

Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland, a small gland located in the center of the brain. Research shows that normally, melatonin levels rise in the evening, stay high for most of the night, then drop in the early hours of the morning. But natural melatonin levels drop with age. Some older adults make very small amounts of it or none at all. Without rising levels of melatonin in the evening, falling asleep becomes harder and harder. You sleep less at night, and feel worse during the day. You may also have to nap more, and find yourself feeling grumpy or depressed.


Learn to sleep soundly, naturally and feel alive again
Within a few minutes you will experience these four steps to deep rest that you previously could only have dreamt about:In just a short time you will find yourself becoming drowsy, with your eyes becoming heavy and tired. You’ll start to feel relaxed and your breathing will become slow and soft as you drift off into a light sleep pattern.
  1. You will enter the REM dream-like stage. Here you are able to process emotions, retain memories and relieve stress. This REM sleep will boost your mood after you wake up and have you feeling rejuvenated and energised.
  2. You’ll enter the next phase of the sleep cycle. Your body and muscles will relax and the day’s stress will be released. Here your eye movements stop, your heart rate and body temperature decrease and your deep sleep phase begins.
  3. You enter the ultimate deep sleep state you desire. This deep sleep feels like your brain is on vacation. Blood flow starts to decrease to the brain, helping you restore the energy you expended during the day.

Don’t miss another night of deep, relaxing sleep! 







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Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.

Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television... Read more about Shantiji's biography

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