Poor sleep or lack-of sleep isn’t just an inconvenience – it has long-term health consequences. But most people don’t understand the science of sleep, what sleep health is, or even how sleep affects our physical body and mental health. This useful 3-part sleep series is designed to provide you with foundational sleep concepts, what effects sleep deprivation creates, and how to design a healthy sleep protocol.
Session 1: This class will explore the mythology and biology of sleep; main drivers that keep us awake or direct us to sleep. You will examine the purpose of deep sleep and dreams, review abnormal sleep patterns, and discuss questions such as: is sleepwalking and sleep-talking out of the norm; what are gender affect our sleep, and how do we measure or track sleep health?
Session 2: This class will explore how sleep deprivation affects learning and memory, the immune system and physical performance. An important discussion on the connection between obesity, hormones, diabetes and chronic sleep loss will challenge us to think about personal priorities regarding sacred sleep. The relationship of dementia to sleep loss will be reviewed along with a discussion of how age affects our sleep.
Session 3: In this final class, we will examine the necessity of carving out quiet, sacred places, sleep etiquette principles to achieve sleep-wake balance, as well as the role of water, temperature, ambient light, darkness, physical exercise and dietary minerals in that process. There will be a general overview of the literature on current practices in aromatherapy, herbal, healing, yoga and other alternative and complementary approaches to reducing insomnia and much more.