How to get a better night’s rest
By: Giuliana C
Many people don’t realize how important sleep really is. But, your sleep habits can have a direct effect on the quality of your life. It’s time to re-evaluate your bed time routine to live a better life! Here are a few tips to help you catch those must needed ZZZ’s
- Put down that phone!! It is not helping at all! The bright blue light illuminating from your phone tricks your brain into thinking it’s not time to rest. Turn off any electronics at least one hour before bed.
- Drink warm chamomile tea 30 minutes before bed. Chamomile is widely regarded as a sleep-inducer. This calming tea has the ability to relax the body, making it the perfect pre-bed time drink.
- Meditate! Meditate! Meditate! (or read). Meditating is single handily one of the best things you can do for your physical, spiritual and mental health. Although some people may find it overwhelming at first. A good way to get into a meditation routine is to start reading before bed. Once you’ve become used to the quiet ‘alone’ time, meditation may seem a bit less daunting.
- Create a restful space. Essential oils, incense, candles and plants create a peaceful and calm environment, which is sure to make sleep a much more relaxing event.
- Getting physical during the day will help you sleep better – as long as its not too close to bed time. A post-workout burst of energy can keep you awake. Avoid intense exercise 3-4 hours before bed time. A gentle or restorative yoga practise before bed is a perfect way to ease your mind and relax your body, helping you to sleep better.
- Adults need at least 7-9 hours of sleep. Insuring you meet that minimum requirement means your body is well rested enough to face the next day!
- Follow your circadian rhythm! Our bodies are designed to literally ‘follow the sun’. Aim to be in bed a couple hours after sunset (between 10 and 11pm) and wake up around the same time that the sun rises (6-7am).
Follow these simple tips and you’ll notice a difference, not only in your quality of sleep, but also your life!