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It’s amazing how sleep plays an tantamount part of our overall health. If you’re not getting enough sleep you can suffer from impaired memory, slowed speech, increased irritability ( I get as grumpy as a bear) and, if you’re trying to lose weight it can stall your weight loss. For women, lack of sleep can affect our cycles.
Sleep is not a luxury it’s a necessity if you want to be in good health. I make it a priority to get 8 to 9 hours of sleep a night. I’ve learned from trial and error some tips that will help you get better sleep and wake up more refreshed in the morning
Unplug from the TV, Internet, Phone at least 30 minutes before you sleep.
Ok, you might think this is impossible but there are things called books (A written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers) that will keep you occupied if you need some quiet entertaining before you fall to sleep. The reason behind this is that they overstimulate the brain and suppress Melatonin so it’s harder to get a good nights sleep.
Sleep in Total Darkness
Exposure to light at night when sleeping decreases your Melatonin levels and prevents you from getting the juicy sleep that you need. If you can’t get your room completely dark due to blinds (my issue), invest in a sleep mask.
Take some Magnesium
Magnesium is a mineral that is often lacking in most people’s diets. “A deficiency in this critical nutrient makes you twice as likely to die as other people, according to a study published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.(i) ” Yikes! I started taking magnesium as I found it help quell some of the panic attacks I was having and I noticed that it helped me relax and sleep through the night. I started Mr. Bejelly on it also to help him deal with the stress of his job (in addition to adding from B vitamins) and he’s doing much better.
What have you found that helped you get a better night’s sleep?