We all know that one person who can thrive on just six hours of sleep or less. In reality, most of us need seven to nine hours of uninterrupted sleep to reach our full potential during the day. But in today’s busy world, can you really make that happen? The answer is “Yes!”
I’ve got a few strategies to help you get more restful sleep. But first, here are a few motivating reasons why more restful sleep should be high priority:
Consistent lack of sleep:
- Promotes weight gain – Get less sleep and your hormones become imbalanced, and you can say hello sugar cravings, moodiness and tighter pants
- Promotes poor food choices–When we’re tired, we reach for a quick fix for energy–usually sugar or caffeine, which stress our adrenal system, making us even more tired just a short time later
- Makes us less productive–Not getting enough Zzzzzs makes it hard to focus and can hinder clear thinking and decision making
Strategies to get enough sleep each week:
- Unplug–Turn off your computer, cell phone, TV, social media. Electronics are highly stimulating and keep us awake during the hours we need to be winding down for the day.
- Create a nightly relaxing routine–With electronics off, you can read to yourself or your children.
- Enjoy a cup of tea–I love chamomile with lavender, a wonderful combination for relaxation.
- Take a hot bath–Afterward, rehydrate your skin with calming body lotion.
- Light a chakra candle–Find a comfortable seat and meditate.
- Listen to calming music.
- Invest in an eye mask–Try this one, with super soft cushioning and bonus earplugs.
- Eat your last meal of the day at least three hours before bedtime –We tend to eat our largest meal at the end of the day, but by that time, we really need to eat lighter. This helps promote better sleep so your body can recover and recharge from the day instead of digesting and assimilating foods eaten at a late hour.
Part of creating a new routine for getting more sleep is to go to bed the same time every night. That helps create a pattern in your brain to start winding down the same time every night. Soon enough, you’ll be ready to hit the sack at the same time each night, consistently. Get ready to wake up refreshed, ready for the day!