How are you sleeping?
During the summer months it can be hard to get a good nights sleep. But don’t fret, there are some great ways you can work towards a GOOD nights sleep. And who doesn’t LOVE a good nights sleep?!
Not only do we love getting sleep, it is a vital part of your physical and mental health. Our brain is active during sleep – it processes and stores all events of the day into memory and our body begins to restore and heal itself (if there is injury). Sleep and rest is where a lot of healing happens.
Some of us think that there is nothing we can do to better our sleep. But there actually is! I have 6 tips to help you get a better night sleep that will help you work towards your mental health wellness.
Tip #1 – You need a sleep routine
Go to bed at the same time each night. Humans are creatures of habit, we LOVE predictability. So, if we set the time to go to bed at the same time each night this new routine will be favourable to our incredible minds! The same goes for the morning, get up at the same time each morning.
Tip #2 – Unplug!!
Turn off and unplug all your devices one hour before your newly scheduled bedtime. Here’s some fun science for you – when the sun goes down our body naturally creates melatonin (a hormone which regulates the sleep-wake cycle). So, when we are on our devices right before bed the artificial light interferes with our bodies natural melatonin production.
Tip #3 – Be cool
I know you’re already super cool since you’re reading this. But, that’s not the cool I am talking about. I am talking about temperature. Having a cooler temperature room actually helps us fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer! Turn up those fans!
Tip #4 – Supplement
If you’re having trouble getting to sleep and want an aid – I highly suggest magnesium. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant, and is actually something we do not get much of in our diets anymore. Take one after dinner!
Tip #6 – Get comfty
You’re bedroom should only really be used for only one thing – sleep! Try to avoid eating in bed, watching TV, or working in it – our brains like to associate things and by creating this space to be for rest, sleep, and getting comfty than we can make a really positive association with our brain about this.
These tips are compounded things. Meaning you can’t just do one strategy one time and expect magic. These tips need to become habit, they need to be done consistently and regularly in order to see the progress. Yes, it’s going to take work and commitment; but two to three weeks from now you will see the difference!
And because we know this will help you significantly we have a FREE resource for you to help with not just your sleep but your mental health wellness in general. Click here to get your FREE guide now!