You’ve probably heard it all. Pitch-black room, nice sheets, no tv in the bedroom, clear the clutter from your room, avoid technology before bed.
But what happens when you "do every thing right and you still can't sleep?
We need a good night sleep for our energy levels, our gut health, our hormone levels, maintaining a healthy weight, our mood, and even our sex life! During sleep is the time that our bodies recover, rebuild, detox and repair. And we need good quality sleep to keep our hormones balanced.
If you are looking for some practical tips, here are 5 things you can do to help you rest easy.
Lavender is relaxing. And it is shown to decrease salivary cortisol and reduce anxiety. Cortisol is our “fight-or-flight” stress hormone. Cortisol levels need to bottom out at night, so melatonin (our sleep hormone) will rise. Lowering that cortisol level by smelling lavender helps you sleep.
2. Eat protein with first thing in the morning
Protein in the morning helps wake us up. A high protein breakfast resets our circadian rhythm to help us get a better night sleep. Eating protein also helps to stabilize blood sugar for longer, keeping you less hungry in the day, and ensuring that you eat less.
3. Consider CBD
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound derived from the cannabis plant. CBD reduces anxiety. CBD oil has been found to reduce sleep disturbances and help with insomnia and can help you sleep longer.
4. Try Magnesium
Magnesium has been found to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer by raising the hormones melatonin and renin, both linked to sound sleep.
AND... Magnesium also reduces anxiety.
5. Get sunlight
Sunlight. Get outside, and get that sun in your eyes. You need it for that circadian ryhtym that I mentioned about, the signals of night and day for your body.
Poor sleep can be just as damaging to our hormone balance as a diet full of sugar, gluten, soy, and even dairy. And being imbalanced is no way to live life. Try this 5 tips to see what works for you, and make a commitment to yourself to take back your health!
Do you have any tips/tricks you use to get a good night sleep?