Getting a good kip at night is one of the magic remedies to improving many aspects of your health and well-being, including mood, health, mind, weight and more.
Insufficient sleep can have many knock on effects throughout the day: Waking up grumpy; less likely to exercise (or feel drained when doing so); craving and eating unhealthy food; poor concentration at work, these being just a few of the short term effects. Over time lack of sleep will lower the immune system, resulting in a higher risk of getting sick on a regular basis. Any weight loss may become challenging and potential weight gain could be experienced.
Making sleep a priority can minimize the above and lead to these wonderful benefits which will improve your day, month, year and life.
More alert and energy
Feeling less stressed
Supports bodies immune system
Promotes body and muscle repair
Supports weight management
Balances hormones and improves happiness
There are many factors in our lives which can create barriers when trying to fit the adequate amount of sleeping hours into our day. Aim to get between 7-9 hours sleep every night. If this seems impossible, try small changes that could lead you to creating this goal in the distant future. Go to bed half an hour earlier than usual for 2 weeks and go from there, small improvements are better than nothing.
A few suggestion which may help dropping off at night time:
Create the right environment - Ensure your room is somewhere you like being, a tidy space so you don’t feel cluttered, blackout curtains, comfortable temperature so you are not too hot or cold, try to eliminate disturbing noises (ear plugs if needed) and maybe look at removing that television that keeps you up all hours of the night.
Camomile tea - Sleep aid being just one of the benefits, this ‘sleep tea’ has a natural calming effect on the body promoting a more restful sleep.
Magnesium - Consumed through food or natural supplement capsules 20 minutes before bed, this mineral will naturally calm the body, promoting repair and recovery, helping to achieve a deeper sleep.
Grab a book - In this hi-tec society we are forever our gadgets with the bright lights and consent information cluttering our minds. Maybe try going to bed an hour earlier and read that book you’ve been promising yourself, you could be surprised how quickly you’ll start to drift off.
Write it down - Sometimes we can go to bed with our heads buzzing, I know I can. Have a pen and paper next to your bed to write your ideas, to do’s and thoughts down so you are able to declutter your mind, but not forget those important tasks for tomorrow.
Try some of these simple steps and make the changes so you can reap the benefits from making sleep a priority in your daily lifestyle. Live better.
Blog by - Hayley Morgan