Sleep; Always a Good Investment.
Monday, November 9, 2009 at 10:00AM
Mike Dillman in Natural health advice, Raw health, blog, diet, energy, health, newsletter, nutrition, raw, raw-vegan, recover, rest, sleep, vegan


Sleep is an important part of our healthy lives that often gets overlooked. 

When our schedules get busy and we’re pressed for time, the first thing we tend to sacrifice is the amount of sleep we get.  Our days become increasingly long as we stay up later and later, trying to cram in everything that’s on our “must do” list.  

In the short-term, this strategy may seem to get the job done, stretching out our days by amassing a huge sleep-debt is never a good investment

Those eight-or-so daily hours of slumber are invaluable because it’s during this time that the body goes through the processes of resetting, refreshing, and renewing itself.  It’s while we sleep that most of our cells are built, when growth takes place, and when our physical, mental, and emotional batteries are recharged.  Without providing our body systems the time they need for a much-needed period of rest and recovery, everything would soon come crashing to disastrous halt.    

So, what can we do to help ensure that we get the sleep that we need? 

You’re actually making a big step already. 

Eating a raw-vegan diet will greatly contribute to the quality of your sleep.   Most of the foods we eat on the crappy Western diet make effective sleep more difficult.  Whether it’s refined sugars throwing our blood sugar out of whack, hormones and drugs messing with our body chemistries, or simply the plain old discomfort that comes with having a heavy, cooked brick in your stomach, eating the wrong foods can make it much tougher to unwind, relax, and get a decent rest.  By removing unnatural irritants, stimulants, and hard-to-digest foods and replacing them with lighter, raw-vegan foods that digest quickly and easily, you’ll find sleep comes a lot easier.

Beyond switching to a raw-vegan diet, here are a few additional things you can do to improve the restfulness of your sleep: 

If possible, try to sleep regular hours.  Our bodies’ biological clocks encourage us to follow a relatively steady pattern — ideally, one that is somewhat in tune with daylight hours.  The best plan is to get to bed by 10:00 or 11:00 pm.  Going to bed at 1:00 am, for example, won’t be as restful as going to bed at 10:00pm, even if you do sleep for the same number of total hours.  In effect, those pre-midnight hours are more valuable.

Go to bed on a light stomach.  How soon you eat before bed will also have a big effect on how well you sleep and how well you feel the next morning.  You can’t get a good rest on a full stomach.  Just like the rest of your body, your digestive organs need to take a break.  Try to avoid eating in the last two or three hours before bed.  If you really feel the need to eat something before bed, choose something light such as leafy greens or something quick and easy to digest such as a banana or two.  Avoid heavy, dense foods (like most cooked foods, dried fruit, nuts, or avocados) because they’ll keep your stomach occupied all night when it should be resting.

By keeping these simple suggestions in mind and eating a raw-vegan diet, you’ll get the most out of your bedtime hours and awake to find yourself well-rested and full of energy.


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Mike Dillman is a self-taught raw-vegan who began his journey nearly five years ago.   Having worked his way through all the challenges firsthand, he wants to save you from making the same mistakes yourself.  You can visit Mike's blog at to learn how easy it can be to make a raw-vegan diet fit your busy lifestyle.

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