Home' Spa and Clinic : SPA Vol-69 Autumn 2017 Contents WELLNESS
Movement typically activates
the sympathetic ner vous system
making you alert and awake
and subsequently decreasing
your melatonin (sleep
In the evening, allow
yourself time to slow down,
unwind and stimulate your
Around 60-90 minutes
before sleep, turn off your e-devices, turn
the lights down and maybe include some
meditation or light reading. Finding sleep
hygiene that works for you is incredibly
important but these are great starting
points for ever yone.
If you drink caffeine, find your threshold
for the time you should stop drinking it.
Typically this is around midday as caffeine
can stay in the body for around eight hours.
Eating a heav y and rich meal late at night
takes longer to digest, so your body is busy
with the digestive process and indigestion
rather than relaxing and helping you get to
sleep. Eat smaller portions.
TV screens, laptops and electronic dev ices
not only keep your mind active but also emit
light that disrupts sleep hormone production.
If you watch TV consider what you’re watching.
For example, if you’re watching highly
stimulating crime dramas it is ver y difficult to
switch from this sympathetic ner vous system
stimulation to the parasympathetic nervous
system, responsible for rest and repair.
Your biology has primed you to “fight or
flight” and then after you’ve turned the TV
off, you’re asking it to just forget what it has
seen/experienced and drift peacefully off
For many of us that’s not going to
happen! If you’re a crime or intense drama
show addict, I encourage you to go four
weeks without watching them, particularly
at night and see what happens to your sleep.
If you wake during the
• Alcohol typically makes you
feel sleepy at first, which is
why people often use it to help
them get off to sleep. But it
tends to result in waking later
in the night, typically around
2-3am – resulting in disrupted
sleep, as it stops you
going into REM sleep,
the deepest st age.
• Planning your day before you go
to bed so you don’t wake at 3am
t hinking about something you forgot
to schedule in your diary.
• Keeping a pen and paper by your
bed. If you wake with a thought
you can write it down and then address it
in the morning.
• There are many herbs that support good
sleep such as valerian, passionflower and
cha momile. However, I encourage people to
discuss sleep issues with a qualified medical
herbalist to find a solution that works for them.
PRODUCTION OF VITAL
As we sleep, 85 percent of our growth
hormone is produced, which is why good
sleep if fundamental to good health, says
Debbie Dick son*, founder at Reg ul8 and
head of education, research and development
at DMK Australia and New Zealand.
Cortisol depletes growth hormone and
breaks down muscle mass. To assist with this,
I recommended Relax – a herbal supplement
that assists to normalise cortisol, increase
serotonin and dopamine (your happy
feelgood hormones) along with GABA.
GABA is a naturally occurring brain
chemical, a neurotransmitter that sends
ner ve signals to target cells it has a calming
effect, think of it like the breaking system.
I also get skin clients on the DMK
EFA Ultra. This is an essential fatty acid
supplement it also has every vitamin,
mineral and amino acids as well as omega 3,
6, 9 and 7, amazing for skin, hair and nails.
* Debbie is a Chinese herbalist, integ rative
wellness practitioner and dermal lecturer with over
20 years’ industry experience. She has lectured on
dermal science and integrated wellness
from a cosmetic and beauty perspective
for 11 years. Debbie, who with husband
Daniel distributes DMK paramedical
skin products and protocols in Australia
and New Zealand, was appointed head
of education for DMK in 1998 and also
contributes heavily to the research and
development of the brand.
IT ALLOWS THE BODY TO
REPAIR AND RENEW
The unconscious hours of sleep are a time
for important hard work for the body, says
It’s the time the body can undergo
upgrade, repair and detoxify, recover from
damage, and create reser voirs to help
protect itself against illness.
Ever y tissue in the body is renewed faster
during sleep than at any time when awake
because, while you sleep, the brain triggers
the release of hormones that encourage
tissue restoration and growth.
The skin is the largest organ of the
body, and hence also a recipient of the v ital
recover y, rejuvenating and regenerative
properties of sleep.
During the day, the skin – being first
and foremost an organ of protection – is in
defence mode against such factors as UV
radiation and free radicals. In addition, the
state of the body is dominated by the work
of stimulating hormones such as adrenaline
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