Become a Pro at Catching Z’s

So I’m here to offer you some sweet pillow talk about dreamland where we spend about one third of every day of our lives…

But first, why am I even talking about sleep when it’s something our bodies do naturally? Like, do we actually have a choice in the matter?

Actually, the truth is that sleep is not something that just happens… unless you are a teenager! Even babies need to learn to fall asleep and sleep well.

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
  • It creates brain fog, your ability to learn and problem solve goes down and your creative genius falls in to a serious slump.
  • oh, and you can kiss your PATIENCE good bye…which is  not ideal for you multi-tasking momma’s out there!!

Learning how to improve your sleep is not just a luxury—it’s a necessity!

How do you get better sleep?

Follow these 8 tips and rest assured (some pun intended ) that you will feel more rejuvenated and energized than you even knew was possible:

  1. Practice regular sleep rhythms by going to bed and waking up around the same time each day.
  2. Create total quiet and darkness in your bedroom.
  3. Avoid caffeine or reduce your intake after noon as it affects your sleep dramatically.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Write down your worried thoughts before bedtime so you can free your mind and drop into a deep and restful sleep.
  7. Turn off all screens….and I mean ALL….yes, even your phone, one hour before bed.  The relationships we have developed with our electronic devices will be a blog post of it’s own….so for now, just trust me.  Disconnect.
  8. Diffuse calming oils 15 minutes before you go to bed so that you are greeted in your room with a serene peaceful aroma.  You can also, put a drop or two on your pillow or a drop on each foot.  Try Lavender, Serenity Restful Blend or Vetiver.

Sweet Dreams!

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