When I Google “how to sleep,” I get no less than 43,700,000 results. Wow!! There is obviously quite a bit to say about the subject, yet most of us still complain of being constantly tired. Something needs to change. But first of all, what’s important about getting good sleep?
Good sleep is vital for good health. Sleep deprivation can lead to a multitude of health issues:
- It escalates the hunger hormone called ghrelin, which increases food cravings
- It escalates the stress hormone called cortisol, which can cause weight gain, diabetes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, depression, osteoporosis and depressed immunity
- It causes elevated blood pressure in people with hypertension, which can lead to cardiovascular disease and stroke
Learning how to improve your sleep is not just a luxury—it’s a necessity!
How do I get better sleep?
Follow these 7 tips and rest assured (excuse the pun) that you will feel more rejuvenated and energized than you even knew was possible:
- Practice regular sleep rhythms by going to bed and waking up around the same time each day.
- Create total quiet and darkness in your bedroom.
- Avoid caffeine or reduce your intake after noon as it affects your sleep dramatically.
- Get regular exposure to daylight for at least 20 minutes a day because the sunlight triggers your brain to release melatonin, which is vital for healthy sleep.
- Eat no later than two hours before you go to bed because eating a heavy meal before bedtime will impede your body’s natural overnight detoxification process.
- Write down your worried thoughts before bedtime so you can free your mind and drop into a deep and restful sleep.
- Take a hot salt or aromatherapy bath because raising your body temperature before bed helps to induce sleep.
What do I do now?
The above tips are probably something you’ve read before if you’ve done any kind of sleep research. The problem is DOING IT! Contact me if you would like some one-on-one accountability in implementing some of these sleep tips. How would your days change if you weren’t exhausted and fuzzy-brained for most of it? Let me know!