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Cyclic Rest
Sleep is a heightened anabolic state, which is required for brain development, as well as the solidification, organization and storage of procedural knowledge and memories. Sleep increases calcium absorption, digestive secretions, the rate of detoxification and healing, the production and regulation of body chemicals such as noradrenaline/norepinephrine, melatonin and serotonin. Sleep also reduces stress, blood pressure, oxygen requirements and the heart rate, improves cognitive functions (such as attention span, learning capacity, communication, understanding, decision making, problem solving and memory) and blood sugar regulation, promotes the growth, health, strength and rejuvenation of the immune, nervous, cardiovascular, muscular and skeletal systems.

Circadian Rhythms

Just as we affect and change the environment around us, we are also affected and changed by environmental conditions and cycles of the Earth. Aside from seasonal cycles, one of the most important Earth cycles we are affected by is circadian rhythms, with a 24 hour cycle of day and night, darkness and light. The biological or 'circadian' clock of most plants and animals, including humans, keeps time and responds according to the 24 hour, day/night cycles of the circadian rhythms of Earth. Circadian Earth cycles promote and regulate life cycles, biological, physiological and other bodily functions (such as brain wave activity, hormone production and regulation, body temperature regulation and cell regeneration) of all living beings on earth.

Sleep Requirements
Up to 1mo
1 – 12mo
1 – 3yrs
3 – 5yrs
5 – 12yrs
Adolescents
Adults
Pregnant Women
Up to 18hrs
14 – 18hrs
12 – 15hrs
11 – 13hrs
9 – 11hrs
9 – 10hrs
7 – 8hrs
8+ hrs

Sleep Cycle Alignment

While the amount of sleep one gets is important in achieving and maintaining optimum health, so too is the timing and consistency of our sleep cycles. Cyclic rest can help prevent fatigue, insomnia, sleep disorders, hormonal imbalances, bipolar and other mental disorders. If for example, you normally went to sleep at 10:00pm and woke at 6:00am, you would normally feel tired enough to sleep at 10:00pm, and restored enough from sleep to wake at 6:00am. If on the other hand, you didn't sleep or wake at certain times consistently, then falling asleep, staying asleep, waking up and staying awake could be difficult.
Cyclic rest therefore refers not only to a certain amount of rest or sleep, but to a certain amount of regular restful sleep, which is aligned with natural circadian rhythms of the earth, and so, naturally results in being awake and most active during the daylight hours, then asleep and most restful at night when it is dark.
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