One of the major issues I hear people struggle with is lack of sleep. Only in recent decades we are beginning to understand sleep, what it does, and why it is so important to a healthy life. Do you ever wake up feeling groggy or does your mind race before you go to bed? I will share a few sleep hygiene tips with you.
It’s winter, and maybe all you want to do is hibernate. But many people struggle with sleeping at night due to stress or habits that cause sleep problems. Do you check your phone right before bed, browse on your computer for an hour late in the evening while sipping on coffee, and lay awake for a long time stressing about life’s problems? When you aren’t sleeping well, it affects your health in many ways. You can’t focus. It impacts your immune health. People really don’t want to be around Crabby McCrabbypants. Lack of sleep also creates a sleep debt. Over time, chronic lack of sleep can’t be made up for in just one night.
Exercising regularly helps you sleep better, and if your brain is keeping you up at night fretting over your worries, exercise helps reduce stress. We all love our smartphones but light from electronic devices triggers the brain to stay awake. Shut of phones and computers and the TV awhile before bed. I am guilty of this I admit because -I am sure you fellow night owls will sympathize- I can get into Work Mode at odd hours and find myself typing away well past midnight. Even if you think you are not caffeine sensitive, steer clear of coffee anyway for a few hours before bed. Too much alcohol before bed will disrupt sleep.
So try some caffeine-free hot tea to relax, read a book, turn down the lights and try some deep breathing or meditating to soothe an anxious mind. As your sleep improves, good sleep can contribute to a healthier weight, immune strength, and overall reduce stress. Sweet dreams!
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