It’s Christmas party time and have recently had a few clients yawning while walking into class and it made me think that maybe some of you might be struggling to get enough rest. Getting a good night’s sleep not only feels great, it benefits everything from lowering cortisol (the belly-fat causing stress hormone) to helping with the aging process (cells regenerate when we are tucked in). While a number of experts suggest we sleep in darkness (heavy drapes or a mask), cooler temperatures and use earplugs or a fan to drown out noise while in bed, there are steps we need to take during the day to ensure we get enough rest. I wanted to share a few with you today.
Go herbal 6-7 hours before bed. Caffeine can take this long to get out of your system so enjoy your coffee and tea in the late morning or earlier parts of the day and move to water, juice or herbal teas as the day moves along.
Be careful with alcohol. Have your last glass at least 5 hours before bed or you’ll risk waking up in the middle of the night when it starts to wear off.
Stay hydrated. While being too hydrated will have your bladder working overtime, too little fluids will have you feeling thirsty at odd hours. Drink enough fluids during the day so that your body feels balanced.
Tuck your phone in. The lights in electronics signal your brain to wake up. Shut everything down (including the TV) at least an hour before bed.
Avoid sugar. Sugar can have a caffeine-like effect and has even been known to cause nightmares in 7 out of 10 people.
What’s your best sleep advice?