Sharing 5 tips for a night of sweet sleep. School schedules, activities, and family life are busier than ever. Lots of fun things but stress is also added back in between homework and games.
Even when we’re diligent about limiting our outside activities and commitments we find ourselves constantly going from point A to point B.
Let’s do what we can to limit our stress during this beautiful season.
One of the most effective ways to reduce stress is to sleep enough. When we aren’t getting enough sleep, our stress goes up and it affects our hormone that sets off craving and one that regulates normal feelings of hunger and fullness. Basically, our lack of sleep leads to stress in the body and may set the stage for an overeating episode.
So do you best to get in the required sleep your body needs to do its job well and keep you functioning at 100%!
5 Tips for a sweet night of shut eye
- Create a bedtime routine so your body can begin winding down. (cup of chamomile tea, reading a book, diffuse essential oils in your room, a warm bath)
- Take a few minutes to write down all to do’s and ideas floating in your head so your brain can rest for the night.
- Eat at least 3 hours before lying down to prevent sleeping on a full stomach.
- Dim lights in your home and resist the urge to play on your computer, tablet, phone or watch television right before falling asleep. The artificial lights and images have your brain awake and at full speed making it difficult for you to fall asleep.
- Remove electronics and any lights from the room to create a dark space for you to sleep uninterrupted
To avoid becoming overwhelmed or facing failure, ease into these new healthy habits by choosing one of the above to implement into your nightly routine. Remember small, permanent changes are more effective than a slew of changes that don’t accompany you on your journey.
What changes have you made to your routine? Have any to add that work for you? I’d love to hear about them.