We all know sleep is important but how important?
Lack of sleep is one of the major contributors and amplifiers of many mental illnesses, it effects our relationships, our energy, makes us crave sweet foods, effects our physical health and on top of all that it makes us fat!
So here are a few tips to make sure you get a good nights shut eye.
1 – Exercise daily. One of the contributors to poor sleep is the abundance of stress hormones (whose job it is to keep us alert). Exercising burns them up (which is why you feel relaxed after a workout).
2 – Relax before bed. Create a ritual before bed to help you relax and unwind the more consistent you can be with your sleep rituals the more consistent your sleep will be.
3 – Destress. Ask yourself this one question before bed. “What am i grateful for?” It’s impossible to be grateful and stressed at the same time. Studies has proven gratitude to be a powerful antidote to stress.
4 – Keep your room dark and cool.
5 – Supplement. There are several supplements out there to help you relax at night and sleep better or you could simply find what works for you. A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before bed is a popular choice for many people and has a whole host of benefits you can see here.
Bonus Tip – Avoid snoozing in the morning. Any sleep you get in between snooze alarms is not high quality anyway so don’t bother. Create the habit of getting up as soon as the alarm goes off and build momentum for your day! If the first thing you do in a day is to admit defeat and snooze it’s likely to have a flow on effect.