How To: Sleep Better

Hello all! I hope you’re settling into the week smoothly despite losing an hour to Daylight Saving Time (why does such a thing exist Mr. Ben Franklin?). But what great timing to talk about sleep and just how important it is.

The amount of sleep somebody needs varies from person to person, so to make an overall blanket recommendation is sometimes a bit challenging. Overall, somewhere in the neighborhood of 6-8 hours a night is recommended, but some people require more and some require less. It’s up to you to figure out what works best for your body.

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So I’m sure you’ve heard about the slew of health benefits that accompany getting enough sleep, but have you ever considered weight management as one of them? Along with eating properly, exercising, and good hydration, getting enough sleep is a core component of reaching your weight loss goals (or maintaining it). Between keeping hormone levels in check to keeping cravings at bay, getting quality shut-eye can definitely help you out.

What are some of the best ways to get a good sleep you ask? Well I’ll give you a few of my tried-and-true tips:

  1. Try to avoid looking at screens (TV screens, cell phones, computers, etc.) at least 30 minutes before bed – I know it’s hard, but the lights and the images you’re looking at can really stimulate the brain and make it harder to sleep.
  2. Avoid eating right before bed (unless you’re starving and your stomach grumbling keeps you awake).
  3. Avoid caffeine a few hours before bed.
  4. Avoid exercising a few hours before bed – but exercising earlier in the evening can make it easier to go to bed later on.
  5. Leave work and school and other stress-inducing things out of the bedroom. Give yourself permission to forget about them for the evening – this is your time to rest up so you can tackle those tasks in the morning (making to-do lists before you get ready to turn in for the night can be a big help!).

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If you’ve been having trouble sleeping lately I hope these tips help! And I know often times sleep is the first thing to go when we have so much to accomplish, but just remember that it benefits your health and will make you more productive the next day.

Have a good and restful week everyone!

 

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