While we will naturally shift between our sympathetic and parasympathetic systems throughout the day, we can sometimes use one system more than the other for longer periods than required. The sympathetic nervous system is a cost effective resource to be running for the majority of the day. It is part of the system that produces cortisol which contributes to stress reactions and ultimately affects our ability to sleep well, think clearly and calmly and heal our bodies naturally.
The parasympathetic nervous system is the restoration system in our body that allows us to reduce our breathing rate, heart rate and brain waves. It is the nervous system that one would use when in a state of relaxation or meditation or in deep REM sleep. This system is essential to allow restoration of our body’s various systems including the musculoskeletal system