Aside from food (and sex perhaps) what’s our favorite topic?
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.
Can’t Sleep? 4 Bulletproof Tools to Kick Insomnia
Can’t sleep? Tossing and turning making for some very restless nights?
Losing precious hours of sleep can make even the most bright-eyed and bushy-tailed of us feel groggy, unfocused and just flat out cranky the next day.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 60 percent of adults report having sleep problems at least a few nights a week, and greater than 40 percent of adults experience daytime sleepiness severe enough to interfere with their daily activities at least a few days each month.
If none of that describes you, we’re all jealous.
For the rest of us, we need to be proactive to get ahead on some zzz’s.
Science tells us that just like there are healthy foods that help you feel energized, boost your immune system and have glowing skin, there are also foods that help you sleep. But if you’ve got that covered, then I’ve got four non food tips for when you can’t sleep, too.
Sleep (with the right) light: It’s time to stop caring what you look like when you’re asleep, peops. A sleep mask can go a long way by creating an environment of complete darkness. I’ve been accused of keeping it too bright in the bedroom, so take it from me, I know this change works.
If the whole mask thing freaks you out or you’re more high tech than that you may want to try one of my favorite gadgets by Withings. This sleek alarm clock lights up your room in just the right way to help promote the secretion of sleep hormones! Yep, you read that right.
Snooze without sounds: If the sound of cicadas is driving you crazy instead of helping you drift off to sleep, take control of your eardrums and invest in a white noise machine. On the go? Digital noise works, too. In fact, your white noise app just may take Instagram’s spot on your iphone. It’s also useful for those times when you find your hotel room is by the ice machine.
Smell your way to sleep: Aromatherapy is one my favorite ways to help with relaxation and sleep. Try a dab of lavender on your pillow or rub into your temples. One study even showed essential oils like lavender cause a similar reaction on specific neuroreceptors as anti-anxiety medications. Lavender has long been associated with reducing anxiety and decreasing insomnia. Have you heard of Lavender and chill? It’s like Netflix and chill without the Netflix.
Stress it out: Got things on the mind? I feel your pain, big time. I usually go to bed with just about 1,000 things on my mind nightly. A good way to put the buzzing in your head to rest is to write it down. Yes, put pen to paper and write down the few things you’re stressing about. You can get back to them in the morning but they’ll be less likely to take your zzz’s when you’ve released them for the evening. Can’t sleep just became can’t stay awake.
Say goodbye to blinking cell phones, digital clocks, or faulty window shades. It’s time to make your dreams come true and get the rest that you deserve.
Now go buy yourself some new fave pjs – seriously, if fun workout gear motivates you to get to the gym, then fun jammies should motivate you to get to bed – and challenge yourself to get a solid 8 hours tonight.