There has been a lot going on lately, right? We are in need of deep rest and relief from ongoing stress around us and within us. That is why I want to go back to basics today by talking about the VITAL importance of sleep for our bodies— not just quantity, but QUALITY.
Many things affect our quality of sleep, and sleep massively affects the quality of our energy levels and how we feel during the day like our neurotransmitters affecting our emotions, our hormones affecting stabilization in our bodies and appetite, and SO much more.
good sleep is foundational for
What’s important about getting good sleep?
Sleep deprivation can lead to a multitude of health issues:
It escalates the hunger hormone called ghrelin, which increases food cravings
It escalates the stress hormone called cortisol, which can cause weight gain, diabetes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, depression, osteoporosis, and depressed immunity
It causes elevated blood pressure in people with hypertension, which can lead to cardiovascular disease and stroke
Learning how to improve your sleep is not just a luxury or something that would be nice—it’s an absolute necessity!
How do I get better sleep?
Follow these 5 tips and rest assured (excuse the pun) that you will feel more refreshed and energized than you even knew was possible:
1. Practice regular sleep rhythms by going to bed and waking up around the same time each day. I recommend going to sleep by 10pm at the latest… this is because your body's hours of restorative sleep naturally begin to occur around 10pm. Staying up late throws off your body's natural rhythm and depth of detox and rejuvenation while you're sleeping. (Check out this article)
2. Transform your bedroom into a tech-free zone. This will benefit your brain, emotions, sleep, etc. This may seem daunting at first, but I can testify to it being one of the best things I have done for my health that brings much freedom and deep rest. I invite you to try it out and slowly but surely incorporate this new habit.
3. Avoid caffeine or reduce your intake after noon as it affects your sleep dramatically.
4. Get regular exposure to daylight for at least 20 minutes a day because the sunlight triggers your brain to release melatonin, which is vital for healthy sleep. Especially with the sun setting by 5:30pm now (ahhh), be sure to get outside in the morning and little breaks in your afternoon to get in that light!
5. Eat no later than two hours before you go to bed because eating a heavy meal before bedtime will impede your body’s natural overnight detoxification process.
Let me know which tips you're going to begin implementing this week! I'd love to hear and am here to support you in reaching the health you truly desire!!
In my health coaching practice, I help my clients implement these 5 tips and more so they can make the most of their sleep—and their health.
Click here now to schedule a time to talk with me today if you need the support and accountability to help you follow through like never before!
Cheering you on,