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Sleep has been in the news a lot lately and this is actually the only time of year that i struggle to sleep. It's quite simply because of the extra daylight - and teh heat this year! But it has caused me to think a bit more about sleep and dig out a couple of old references that I think are worth reminding people of. The first told us that we are linked to the moon and cannot ignore the need to go to bed under the headline ‘Arrogance of ignoring the need for sleep’. The second article linked not sleeping in a dark room to obesity and cancer. 
To us this is painfully obvious and we have talking to clients about this for years. It is one of the first conversations we have with any client, irrespective of their goals. Indeed we even did a video blog about it. 
Why is it so important? Hormonal balance. Hormonal balance aids blood sugar balance, which in turn promotes positive energy production. All of which allows the body to thrive, it allows you to drive your body in the direction you wish it to go because it isn’t just hanging on for grim death trying to get through the next 24 hours! So whether your goal is to lose weight, gain weight, have more energy or reduce your 10km time you should be prioritising your sleep. 
The key points to remember about sleep are the following: 
We are linked to the moon and must rise and fall in opposition to the moon 
The moon controls the tides in all oceans of the world, humans are between 65 & 70% water, depending on which research you read, so it can sure control you. 
You should be going to be between 10 & 10.30 and sleeping till 6/6.30 
Your body goes through it’s physiological recovery between 10/10.30 & 2/2.30 and it’s psychological recovery between 2/2.30 & 6/6.30. 
This doesn’t shift. Go to bed at 12 midnight and you’ve lost half of the time your body has to physically recover before the next day. Repeat that loos night after night and you’ll pay the penalty. 
Convincing yourself that you’re OK with just 5 or 6 hours sleep is plain delusion. 
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