Can you remember the last time you woke up feeling energized and ready for the day? If you’re like most people, you can’t. You’re constantly overwhelmed, exhausted, and burned out. And chances are, stress is the problem. You’re overwhelmed by the demands of your boss, getting the kids to school and hockey and everywhere else, trying to get mountains of laundry done, finding time to go grocery shopping, clean the house, answer emails … the list goes on. You’re overworked, over stressed, and exhausted. Chances are you’re not getting enough sleep, because you’re staying up late or waking up early trying to make sure everything gets done and everyone, but you, is taken care of!
You need sleep more than anything else when it comes to your health and fitness and reducing stress. When your body is well rested you’re able to better manage your stress, think more clearly, and move through the day with tons of energy!
So, today I’m sharing with you my favorite sleeping tips that you can implement immediately to create the perfect night’s sleep and reduce your stress.
Start by shutting off your computer, phone, and TV by 7pm. These screens emit a type of blue light that is disruptive to your sleep cycle when you’re using it within a few hours of going to sleep. If you absolutely cannot turn them off by 7pm, then invest in blue light blocking glasses.
You can find them on Amazon and they’re super affordable! They help counteract the blue light, so that you’re able to get a much better night’s rest.
As you’re winding down for the evening, prepare your bedroom for a calm, peaceful night’s sleep. Sprinkle a few lavender or essential oil drops on your pillow and open your windows to bring in some fresh air. It’s important that your bedroom is a calm, relaxing place in your home.
Take the time to tidy up from the day, pick up any clothes off of the floor, and clear out any distractions. A clean, tidy, cool room that smells nice helps set you up for a successful night’s sleep.
There are several really great natural supplements that are helpful if you have trouble falling asleep, like Melatonin, Magnesium, and Theanine. If you’re taking Melatonin, be sure to take it a few hours before going to bed to give your system time to wind down. You also should be careful not to take too much! Too much Melatonin can have reverse effects. Theanine, which is found in green tea, has long been known to trigger the brain hormone, Gaba. Gaba activates the major calming neurotransmitters, promoting relaxation and reducing anxiety.
Setting yourself up for a great night’s sleep every night will help you reduce the stress of everyday life. Reducing your stress levels will help you live a longer, healthier, fuller life.
If you’re serious about your health and ready to make a change, join me on my next webinar. I’ll be sharing how stress is making you fat and sick, and how to conquer it.