Hello divas! I hope that your week is going well so far. Mine has been pretty good as I am down to once a week physical therapy and have started my group fitness teaching this week. But it is only Wednesday and I am already tired lol.
I want to talk about something that is near and dear to my heart – sleep. We all know that getting enough good sleep is essential to living a healthy lifestyle. And I have to admit that there are times that I simply don’t get enough of it. With all of the distractions around us, the stress of everyday life and the general busyness we all live in, it can be hard to get both enough sleep and quality sleep. So today I thought I would share some easy healthy living tips for better sleep.
Get on a sleep schedule. One of the first things you want to do is to get on some sort of sleep schedule if possible. Your body gets used to your habits. So if you are constantly changing up your sleep patterns, it can get confused and you will have a hard time both falling asleep and waking up. Try to go to bed about the same time every night and wake up about the same time every morning. Before long, your body will adjust and you will begin to do so on your own. This is very important if you are like me and workout in the mornings. It will help you get up and going in the AM.
Take a nap (or not). Now ya’ll know how much I love taking a nap (see the benefits of napping). But a nap can both hurt or help you. If you are lacking sleep for whatever reason, a nap could be a great way to recharge a bit. But don’t sleep too long or you may not be able to fall asleep at bedtime. I usually aim for no more than 30 minutes of nap time if I can. This is enough to give me a boost of energy without hurting my normal sleep patterns.
Exercise before bed. I have heard some advice that you should exercise before bed. This will tire your body out and help you fall asleep. Well that doesn’t work for me. I am usually a bit on the energetic side after a workout. What does help, though, is a little bit of yoga. It both gives my body a bit of a workout but also helps me relax, stretch and wind down before I hit the sack.
Create a bedtime ritual. Related to the sleep schedule is the bedtime ritual. Try to get into the habit of doing the same things in the same order before bedtime (take the dog out, brush your teeth, yoga, set the alarm, etc.) After a while, your body will clue in that you are getting ready for bed and start to wind down on its own every time you brush your teeth at night :).
Know what you eat and drink. It’s important to know what you are eating a drinking before bed. While caffeine is great in the mornings because it can help you get up and out the door, that piece of chocolate at night can help keep you from falling asleep. Also, a big meal before bedtime can interfere with your digestive system and keep you uncomfortable throughout the night.
Set the scene. It is also important that you give your body clues that it is time to go to sleep. If you are sensitive to light, make sure all the lights are off, your alarm clock or phone are facing away from you and/or have a blackout curtain to keep outside light out. This will keep your bedroom dark enough to wind down. If you are like me and get hot at night, maybe turn a fan on to keep it cool. A fan will also work as some white noise to keep outside sounds out of the bedroom. The idea is that you want it dark, quiet and comfy so you can get some rest.
Know when to see a doctor. Only you know your body. But if sleep problems persist you might want to get checked out to see if there is a medical problem. Long-term exhaustion and lack of good sleep can lead to all sorts of issues if you are not carefulDo you have trouble #sleeping? Here are 7 tips for better #sleep #healthy #healthylivingClick To Tweet
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