Sleep is perhaps one the most important things for our health. There are so many reasons we should get lots, and so few of us do. Of all the things we can do for our health, this really should be at the top of our list and we don’t do it nearly enough. Here are my top five reasons why sleep is my fave health promoting activity:
- You don’t actually have to do anything
- You get to do it either naked or in your PJs- my two favourite outfits
- You get to be unconscious and let your body do all the work for you
- You get to lie down and be comfortable
- You get to share this activity with the one you love the most
So why aren’t we getting enough sleep? I have no idea. I do know that in the summer months it can be a bit more difficult to get quality sleep. We sleep best when the temperature is slightly cool, and when the room is totally dark. With the sun setting later, we tend to eat later which can disrupt our sleep. And with the sun rising earlier, we tend to rise earlier which may shorten our normal sleep duration.
My solution: the cutest sleeping mask your ever did see courtesy of Bonnie Oman at BibBon.etsy.com.
How can a good night’s sleep boost our health?
- Boost immune function
- Boost concentration
- Promote weight loss
- Promote healthy hormone balance and thyroid function
- Promote more stable mood
- Promote craving control
- Promote cuddling with your spouse, partner and/or lover
Meghan’s Top Five Tips for Great Sleep
1. Eat loads of foods that promote sleep:
- Chlorophyll-rich foods, such as leafy and green vegetables, steamed or boiled.
- Fruits, such as mulberries and lemons, which calm the mind.
- Whole grains boost serotonin, which promotes better sleep.
- Chia seeds have a sedative effect.
- Have a cup of chamomile tea before going to bed, calms down your digestive system, and relieves muscle tension.
2. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
3. Keep your bedroom as dark and as quiet as possible.
4. Avoid alcohol, sugar, caffeine and ciggies late in the day and into the night. Hello stimulant
Sleep rituals are also handy, dandy and your computer and/or television should never join in the boudoir. The bedroom should be reserved for sleeping and loving. I am also a big fan of foot massages, back massages, dimming the lights and perhaps a little inhale of lavender. Warning: these may lead to point 5 above.
Of course darkness is key! Keep is dark in your room or better still, keep your windows wide open and darken your eyes with a sastastik sleep mask!
Question of the Day: What is your fave nightly ritual?