I have to admit, sending these out on Thursday always reminds me of one thing….This week flew by!
But I credit that to how I spend my days- they are filled with productivity, movement, time with loved ones, etc. Thankfully, my energy levels allow me to do all of it!
However, it wasn’t always like this…Especially when I was getting poor sleep! I admit I’ve tried the typical solution, which for me was trying sleeping medications.
It only works occasionally, and I would prefer to find a holistic solution to my sleeping issues. So I decided to learn more about getting good sleep and why it is essential.
Just about every sleep expert I know they have three suggestions for me:
- First, get outside early in the morning to help reset the circadian rhythm (this will help me get tired in the evening, so I fall asleep faster).
- Stay off any screens at least two hours before bed-so hard for me, but I’m doing it!
- According to The Cleveland Clinic, keep my house cool at night; this helps facilitate REM sleep. They suggest a range of 60-67 degrees for adults.
I will add one more tip that works great for me: I stop drinking fluids for about an hour and a half before heading to bed. The last thing I need to do is disrupt my sleep because I need to get up at 3 am to go to the bathroom!
Poor sleep can aggravate medical problems and interfere with the body’s natural ability to heal itself. On the other hand, sleep can reset your system and allow your body to do what it does best-repair cells that have been damaged!
So I have to ask,
Are you a good sleeper? Do you fall asleep quickly, or do you get a second wind in the evening?
Did you know that spending time on your laptop at night can send a message to your brain that makes it think it’s mid-day and not midnight?
If you are looking for more sleep and health hacks for your health (and how to reduce cancer risk), head on over to my newest podcast episode!