Sleep has one of the biggest impacts on our overall health. An unrested mind impacts your decisions around food the following day, ramps up cravings, and can even increase the severity of digestive issues like IBS.
Over time, if quality sleep goes unchecked it can increase your risk for anxiety and depression, memory loss, fertility issues, low libido, and much much more.
If you’re someone who struggles to get a sound night’s sleep in, it’s a good idea to check in with your sleep hygiene.
Strong sleep hygiene encompasses both environment & daily habits and it can pave the way for higher quality sleep and better overall health.
Here are just a few tips to help you improve your sleep hygiene:
1.) Get 30 minutes of sun exposure within the first 2 hours of sunrise. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to insomnia, poor sleep quality, and sleepiness throughout the day.
2.) Ditch the caffeine after 2 pm. Whether you think caffeine affects you or not, if it’s still in your system when it’s time for bed it can cause sleeplessness & frequent nighttime awakenings.
3.) Turn off electronics & artificial light at least 1 hour before bed. The blue light they emit interferes with our circadian rhythm (our body’s internal sleep/wake clock).
4.) Take a hot shower before bed. Your body temperature lowers after a hot bath or shower, making it easier to fall asleep.
5.) Use the hour before bed for relaxing and unwinding. Take advantage of whatever puts you in a calm state of mind.
If this was the ah-hah moment where you finally made the connection between your sleep hygiene, stress, and nutritional habits then it’s time to make some changes! As a Holistic Nutritionist, I look at the body as a whole – body, mind, and spirit (and that includes sleep!). If you’re ready to finally have a sound night’s sleep so you can have more energy, less stress, and manageable cravings then it’s time to take advantage of my free 20-minute consultation (available virtually). Call the spa to book yours today!