How To Perfect Your Sleep Routine

How To Perfect Your Sleep Routine

We all know how important sleep is, but how does your sleep routine really impact your life? Good sleep can be life changing, these are just some of the benefits:

Restores and rejuvenates: Sleep allows the body to repair and restore tissues, promoting overall physical health and helping to recover from the day's activities.

Mental clarity and cognitive function: A good night's sleep enhances cognitive abilities, memory retention, and the ability to focus and make decisions effectively.

Emotional well-being: Sufficient sleep helps regulate emotions, reducing the likelihood of mood swings, irritability, and stress.

Immune system support: During sleep, the body produces immune cells and proteins that help fight off infections and keep the immune system functioning optimally.

Physical performance: Adequate rest improves athletic performance, coordination, and reaction times, making it essential for athletes and active individuals.

Weight management: Sleep influences hunger hormones, and insufficient sleep can lead to imbalances in these hormones, potentially leading to weight gain and obesity.

Cardiovascular health: Consistent, quality sleep supports a healthy heart and lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes.

Hormone regulation: Sleep is crucial for regulating hormones, including those that impact growth, metabolism, and stress response.

Cellular repair and growth: Sleep aids in cellular repair and growth, promoting healthy skin, hair, and tissues throughout the body.

Reduced risk of chronic conditions: Regular sleep patterns have been associated with a decreased risk of chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and mood disorders.

So how can you help perfect your sleep routine? Creating a ritual to boost better sleep can be life changing! Here are my tips:

Exercise: Get regular exercise in each day, just make sure it isn't within 2-3 hours before bed time.

Coffee: It's always ok to have your morning coffee, especially if you love coffee as much as I do! Just avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evening, as it can stay elevated in your blood for 6-8 hours. If you need a warm drink before bed time try something caffeine free, like my Happy Way Sleepy Time Hot Choc.

Blue Light: Reduce blue light exposure in the evenings. Try to avoid TV, phone, laptop, any electronic device for at least 2 hours before bed.  

Timing: Keep your bed time and wake time the same everyday, if possible. Try to create a routine where you go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning - yes, even on weekends!

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