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Sleep is one of the most important times of the day, if not, the most important! Not only does it help us look great, but it is essential to help us feel great too. Let's review some of the health benefits of 7-9 hours of shut-eye.
In my latest video, I review 6 simple sleep hacks.
6 Simple Sleep Hacks for Better Sleep
1. Set the Right Room Temperature.
Having a cool room ensures that your body temp will drop so you can get deep, restful sleep. A higher core body temperature has been associated with a decrease in restorative slow-wave sleep.
2. Know when Blue Light is Best.
Recent research has shown that exposure to blue-light emitting devices such as cell phones, televisions, and computers prolongs the time it takes to fall asleep, delays the circadian clock, suppresses levels of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, reduces the amount and delays the timing of REM sleep. BUT, and that's a big uppercase but because not all blue light is bad. The biggest source of blue light is from the sun which you need to stay alert.
3. Get Natural Sunlight In The Morning.
Sunshine helps to regulate our circadian rhythm , which manages our sleep/wake cycles.
Our circadian clock uses light and dark signals to predict what to do in the future: when to prepare you to be active and when to prepare you to sleep.
4. Manage Stress.
Stress hormones such as adrenalin, cortisol, etc. increase arousal and play a role in insomnia. By managing stress levels, you can produce the right hormones at the right time in the right amount to help you achieve deep and restful sleep.
5. Stimulate the Relaxation Response.
Activating the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) is a key to deep and restorative sleep - it’s literally called rest & digest mode! A simple way to activate our PNS is through deep breathing.
Try my favourite 4-7-8 breathing exercise or experiment with diaphragmatic breathing to calm the brain and body and get those Zs! Also know that there are herbs that can help promote stress relief and relaxation too.
6. Try a natural Health Supplement.
There are many natural health supplements on the market today that can help with sleep. Some of my favourite supplements to consider for sleep are magnesium, melatonin and reishi. Each works a little differently so it's best to work with a natural healthcare practitioner to decide what is best for you.
There you have it, 6 hacks to help you sleep better. I truly hope this does help you given the importance of sleep for our wellbeing.