We all could use a little more sleep, right? But, hey, who has the time? Many of us have thought that when there is an important deadline to meet, more work to be done or when a big case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) sets in when it seems everyone is out having fun. But, did you know that lack of sleep is a major health problem? Not only that, it has been linked to chronic diseases ranging from diabetes to depression.
Lack of sleep is also linked to leading a sedentary lifestyle during the day. When we are sitting at a desk and fighting off sluggishness with another cup of coffee or 5-hour energy drink, we could very likely pay for that later with insomnia when we really do want to go to sleep.
So, how do you get out of a non-sleep cycle? First, you’ve got to develop a “power down” ritual at night. Create a daily routine that will be more conducive to sleep. Mother Nature has always known the importance of rest and even has her own “kapha time” in which birds and animals begin to “wind down” in the hours between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm.
What time do you head to bed? If it’s later than 10:00 pm, it’s time to start moving the time earlier starting with 15 minute increments a week. Eat a light meal (avoiding sugary and fatty foods) at least two hours before bedtime and shut off all screens one hour before. Instead of posting that one last meme on Facebook, take a warm bath or shower and try experimenting with a little aromatherapy or herbal tea as part of your new low-key evening routine.
Feeling more relaxed and sleepy already? Come with us TODAY and learn more tips and techniques for getting back to sleep basics in, “The Life-Changing Benefits of More Zzz’s”
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