You may not know it, but sleep is an important part of every diet.
Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just mean eating nutritional foods and being active – it also means getting the rest that you and your body need.
Sleep is vital to maintaining health, but it can be elusive to many of us. Tossing and turning throughout the night will not only leave you exhausted during the day, but you’ll also be less productive. I’ve had a difficult time getting into the sleep cycle that works for my body, but now that I’m getting more restful sleep each night, I’ve never felt better. Here’s a few tried-and-true tricks to help you get a better night’s sleep – starting tonight!
Stop Caffeine Consumption 8 Hours Before You Go To Bed
This should be a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many people have late-afternoon cups of coffee, and then can’t manage to fall asleep each night. Caffeine affects everybody differently, but for most people, it takes at least 8 hours for the effect to wear off. If you find yourself tossing and turning each night, avoid coffee, caffeinated tea and soda after lunch.
Switch to Herbal Teas Before Bed
Non-caffeinated herbal teas are a great choice to have in the hours before you go to sleep. Not only can it sooth you and help you unwind after the day, but it can also stop post-dinner snack cravings. Our favorite choices are chamomile, Kava and Valerian Root teas.
If you have trouble winding down your brain after a busy day, try 10 minutes of meditation before you go to sleep. Take the time to let go of everything that you had to deal with during the day and everything that’s on your to-do list tomorrow. If you allow yourself mental rest, you’ll have an easier time allowing yourself physical rest.
Pick Up a Sleep Mask
Sleep masks aren’t just for divas and movie stars anymore! By blocking out light, sleep masks can get you into a much deeper sleep. Those who use sleep masks also find that they don’t wake up before their alarm at the first sign of light each morning. Although sleep masks can take some getting used to, it’s worth a try if you’re light sensitive.