A few nights ago, James (my partner) worked a really long day. It was 20hrs. He started at 8am and because we had guests who had a birthday party, he was serving them until 4am in the morning. He then had to get up again to make them breakfast the next morning at 8am. He ran all day and eventually slumped on the couch late that afternoon. The next few days were not much better and after 4 days, the poor guy was just exhausted. Now, I had never really noticed what happens to someone when they are really tired…. until now.
Here are the symptoms that James had while he was in his sleep deprived state:
- Got cold easily. Now, I must just say that James NEVER gets cold. He can stand in freezing conditions and he still has warm hands. So, this was really interesting!
- Mentally slow. James is usually good with memory and being “with it” on things. He was completely hazy with things. Forgetting things, being disorientated and what I like to call “foggy brain syndrome”.
- He had little energy and everything was “too hard” or difficult when I brought up something to do.
- His digestion was terrible – won’t go into too much detail here but you get the picture 🙂
- Physical exercise was just too much – kinda obvious but you’ll see where I am going with this.
- He was stiff everywhere. His whole back, legs and body felt stiff and tight.
- His skin wasn’t as good.
So, what is the connection?
If we look at these symptoms, they are the exact symptoms we experience almost daily – for most of us. Now, I know there is probably more too this but here is my theory…..
Okay, so the body does all it’s detoxing during the early hours of the morning – the liver that is. The better we sleep, surely the better the liver will do at making this happen. So, here are the connections and how having more quality sleep we could get rid of them:
1. The liver would clear out excess toxins in the body. Toxins cause cramping and stiffness in the body, so by flushing out the excess toxins we get rid of this symptom.
2. The liver also regulates our hormones. The hormones that control our moods (serotonin) and our other hormones responsible for our endometriosis growth. If it had enough quality sleep to get through this, then perhaps it could do a better job of regulating that.
3. Whatever toxins the body doesn’t flush out by itself, it will often excrete through the skin. Something, we would love to avoid:)
4. We struggle with cramping and bloating. These set of hormones are called prostaglandins. If we have these on a normal level, they will reduce bloating, cramping and inflammation. They get worse with more stress. Stress is often brought on by being irritable, due to lack of sleep and feeling like “life is all too hard”, taking too much energy… etc.
5. The liver is responsible for all the “foggy brain syndrome”. By getting the liver to work off things better, it will be less foggy and we can focus, do things properly and remember stuff!
So, my theory is… if we get better sleep then the body will flush out toxins better and we will have happier livers, which can do their job easier – making everything work better, including regulating hormones and our issues with Endometriosis 🙂 Simple but perhaps a clue to how we may have developed endo.
Here are some articles I wrote on how to sleep better:
I know I struggled with my sleep my whole life and it started as a teen. It is an interesting connection and I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you always suffered with insomnia? Do you sleep really lightly? Do you just not sleep well?