We all know how important sleep is, and if you don't this weeks blog is especially important for you. There are plenty of studies that suggest getting an adequate amount of sleep will help to fight off weight gain, heart disease and cut the duration of illnesses.
We live in a society that champions sleep deprivation but listening to your body and getting the right amount of sleep will do wonders for your mind and body.
Here is a few tips to help you sleep better at night:
Meditation is a proven method that helps fight insomnia and improves sleep. There are some great guided meditation apps out there such as Headspace, and 10% Better that can help get into the right space before you go to sleep.
Studies show that reading before bed can help reduce stress levels by 68%! That number is huge and if you're someone who has a hard time sleeping due to stress, this method is for you! Our favorite reads at the moment include, The Alchemist, Sapiens,
3. Eliminate Electronics!
Electronics before bed can have an adverse affect on your sleep. According to sleepfoundation.org "Using TVs, tablets, smartphones, laptops, or other electronic devices before bed delays your body’s internal clock (a.k.a., your circadian rhythm), suppresses the release of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, and makes it more difficult to fall asleep."
If you're a frequent scroller before bed and have had a hard time getting sleep, it maybe time to put the electronics away!
4. Chamomile for the win
Chamomile tea is widely known to help with relaxation and sleep. Also, chamomile contains an antioxidant called apigenin. Apigenin binds to certain receptors in the brain that aid of reducing insomnia and chronic inabilities to sleep. Besides all of the amazing benefits of chamomile, it taste great!
Good news, you don't have to be a triathlete to get the sleep benefits of exercise. According to studies done by John Hopkins University, just doing 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise can help you sleep better at night. You maybe thinking "just 30 minutes, who knew". Thank us later and get After it!