Skagit Whole Health Center

SLEEP: Bust or Boost your Immune System?

Sleep and Immune SystemAre you dragging yourself out of bed in the morning?  Or, do you bounce out raring and ready to start your day? Did you know that most people don’t get the sleep their body craves?   Sleep is what replenishes us, restores us, rejuvenates us and not getting enough, over time, hurts our immune system.  So take it easy and one step at a time to improve the sleep you do get.

Here’s some suggestions: If you’re not getting to bed until midnight or later try gradually working your way into an earlier bedtime. Start with 15-30 minutes earlier…gradually working your way into a bedtime that allows you a good 7-8 hours sleep.

Try eating earlier and lighter for dinner. If your stomach is still grinding away on your last meal, it’s going to make it harder for your body to easily move into your deep restorative sleep phase called REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Sufficient REM sleep is essential for a strong immune system.

Use the last hour before bedtime to “wind-down”.  Anything that will calm and/or relax you. A hot bath, lovely music, meditation, deep-breathing. Avoid computer time, tv or heavy reading Your bedroom should be uncluttered, calming, quiet, dark and cool.

About Barbara Paul

Welcome to Skagit Whole Health Center, where I am dedicated to providing the highest standard of care based on an attitude of gentleness, warmth, professionalism and respect. My name is Barbara Paul and through the energy healing practices of Acupuncture, Chinese nutrition and herbs, Tuina (Chinese Massage), Shiatsu and Qi Gong, I create a treatment plan that addresses each individuals needs. I treat not only the symptoms, but the root of the illness, thus restoring the balance upon which holistic health is based. Humans natural state of being is one of wellness and ease. Fatigue, mental and emotional stress, pain and illness are all causes of an imbalance to this state resulting in dis-ease. Energy healing can allow one to return to harmony and ease by bringing balance to the physical, emotional and spiritual levels of being. Born in Switzerland to a pediatric nurse trained in herbology. I spent hours with my mother hiking and studying the wildflowers and plants of the woods near my home outside of Zurich. Being given this love and knowledge of healing and nature, I went on to study Acupuncture and Chinese medicine at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seattle WA. There I earned my Masters in Acupuncture and became board certified by NCCAOM in 1993. Having studied with Julian Scott from Great Britain, I also specialize in pediatric acupuncture.