Getting a healthy eating plan in place is difficult enough, but adding in getting a better nights sleep on top of that can seem overwhelming. I am one of the lightest sleepers you will ever meet, I wake up if a fly is in the room. It’s been mentioned numerous time that a lack of sleep can lead to a whole host of issues including increased risk of accidents, chronic health problems and your also more prone to eat ALOT. Sleep deprivation can cause your metabolism to get out of wack, and your more inclined to reach for quick shots of energy like donuts or sodas.
There’s so many different factors that can cut into a good nights sleep: stress at work, relationship issues, illnesses, unanswered emails, the dishes left in the sink, etc. While some of the factors that prevent you from getting a better night sleep are out of your control, there are some tips and tricks you can do for balancing the odds in your favor.
I’m sure you’ve seen some of the common advice for getting a better nights sleep like keep a schedule, no tv before bed, etc, but here’s some of the tips and tricks that have worked for me outside of the conventional advice:
- Blue Light Reduction – Your body depends on a rhythm to know when it’s day, and when it is night. If you have heard of the supplement melatonin, it is a hormone that regulates your sleep cycle. Light can affect your melatonin production, and when your spending your late hours answering emails or binge watching Stranger Things, it’s not helping your cause. You can help your exposure by wearing blue light blocking glasses similar to these. While I’m not saying it’s okay to stay up all night if you have an early morning, these glasses help block out light from external sources like lights or computer screens.
- Lights Out Early – I know it’s a struggle, but try to have the least amount of light possible in your home once the sun goes out. If you like to read before bed, no joke, red lightbulbs are your best bet to a better nights sleep. I mean you don’t need your Christmas lights year around, put them in your lamp!
- Aromatherapy – There’s plenty of pillow sprays your can purchase to spray on your pillow before you lay down to help you relax. Look for essential oils such as Lavender, Peppermint, CedarWood and more.
- Supplementation – Melatonin , as mentioned above, is a common supplement that can help your melatonin production and aid in sleep.
Sleep is one of those things that fall to the wayside when trying to implement a healthy lifestyle. Truth be told, it’s actually one of the most important.
What is some of your favorite tips for getting a better nights sleep?