6 Tips for Better Sleep

Aside from food (and sex perhaps) what’s our favorite topic?

Sleep!

Only 30% of Americans reported their sleep as being “very good” or “excellent”, which leaves the vast majority of Americans surveyed in desperate need of increasing the amount and quality of their sleep.

So let’s flip the mattress and improve your sleep. Not only will this make you feel better overall by boosting energy, but you’ll be happier, reach your weight loss goals faster, and simply enjoy life more.

Those who are lacking the 7-8 recommended hours of sleep every night are 23% more likely to be obese compared to those who get those crucial zzz’s.

When you aren’t getting enough sleep, your hunger hormone (ghrelin) increases, your satisfaction hormone (leptin) decreases, and your stress hormone (cortisol) increases.

This is a formula for disaster.

It’s almost a guarantee that you’re going to crave worse foods the day after a poor night’s sleep, and you’ll likely retain weight in the worst way – your midsection.

I’m giving you six tips to incorporate into your life NOW to help increase the quality of your sleep. Even if you can’t make the change to do all six, try at least a couple of them.

Watch the difference it makes in your sleep, how you feel the next day, and in your overall health.

6 Tips for Better Sleep

 

How to Sleep Better

If you’ve been trying to figure out how to sleep better, you came to the right place.

Confession: I’m super guilty of not taking care of my sleep when things get stressful (hey, I work on my pillars, too!). But I do know the things I should be doing when things get crazy, and they aren’t just to make me feel more alert the next day. There’s some serious biological stuff going on regarding sleep that you need to understand.

Research shows our circadian rhythms shift and change throughout our lives and so our sleep health needs to change, too.

We spend about a third of our lives sleeping, and while we’re resting up, our bodies are growing, repairing, digesting and more. You’ve gotta grab your zzz’s to let your body do these things, peops!

Lousy sleep weakens our immune systems, increases risks for disease and it also contributes to being overweight. {Tweet this} Learning how to sleep better could literally save your life.

The thing is, if you want to improve your sleep, you’ve gotta work on your nighttime behaviors to promote good rest.

What can you work on to better up your shut eye? {Tweet this}

I recommend all of us tuck ourselves in like babes and  brush up on our sleep hygiene.

For example, turn off your electronics at 10 PM. Then wash your face, brush your teeth, climb under the covers and read your book. Turn your lights and night off at 10:30 PM.

Do this every night, no matter what is going on. Consistency and routine will help your body shut down at the end of the day.

Nighty night. Let sleep rejuvenate you and put up your dukes against the exhaustion that we all experience a little too often.