Great advice! thanks for spelling that out for us. I love it when people talk about the autonomic nervous system.
Nick Gonzalez talks about it at length, but I think for most people he misses the point with his emphasis that
people are either balanced, sypathetic or parasympathic dominant. THE PROBLEM IS THE SYMPATHETIC SYSTEM IS TURNED
ON CHRONICALLY, TOO HIGH AND TOO OFTEN AND INAPPROPRIATELY! I do recommend everyone download his 6 hour audio lecture however to learn in detail these two systems. When the parasympatheic system is on (the opposite of fight/flight), valves along the GI tract open, the liver works for detox, hormones are built.
Everybody do this: get home from work, or stop what you are doing now. Lay down like your going to sleep, and relax. Now put your hand on your belly and breathe normally and slowly, but like a baby breathe into your abdomen and NOT your chest. Your hand will go up and down now. within 4-12 breathes you will feel, or hear the liver dumping bile, you will feel or hear peristalsis. This should be happening more often and the fact that it isn't is a big deal. You have just turned on the parasypathetic system. And that is a big deal, that is anabolic / restorative.
Besides that, the following video demonstrates beatifully how reduced sleep patterns alone induced insulin
resistance and I believe decreased ability of the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. Changes were
observed consistently in healthy young adults IN AS LITTLE AS 3 DAYS OF RESTRICTED SLEEP. These changes included,
if I remember correctly, decreased glucose tolerance confirmed via IV glucose tolerance test, craving for salt and sweet, and overall increase in daily caloric intake.
The video does not say why. I don't care much why, but I think it might have something to do with changes in
adrenal hormones cortizol and epinephorin, which normally fish the glucose out of the glycogen and maintain healthy
blood sugars. When this does not happen upon rising in the morning, you reach for a stimulant. I think nicotine
will do it (stimulate the liver and raise the Sugar
to basically turn your lights on). We all know sugar/starch
does it. Even too much of the right kinds of food will do it.
dont take my word for it, watch it.
And if you liked that you might like this as well:
Hint: fructose is a poison, but itself, because only the liver can metabolize fructose= chronic toxin, not acute,
but chronic toxin. He stops well short of saying fruit is bad for you, but I wouldn't.
This to me is very exciting stuff.
I sure hope you get your vacation, you deserve it. In the meantime, just try to make each day a little more relaxing.