3 Tips For Sleeping Better: Sleep Like A Boss

The Process of Getting to Sleep is Largely Impacted by Behaviors (Image Source: Shutterstock)
Impact of Sleep on Health Video — Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Make It Real Dark

The absence of light sends a message to your body, telling it that it’s time to chill. Melatonin, often known as the sleep hormone, is produced in the pineal gland under this condition and encourages your muscles to relax, temperature to drop, and that good ole drowsy feeling to hit you hard. These levels naturally rise during the early evening and drop as the sun rises in the morning. When the light from your phone, TV screen, laptop or whatever illuminated device you have goes off, it messes with the naturally timed release of melatonin and can negatively affect your ability to head off to dreamland. One thing that has helped me out in this department is curtains.

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Get A Sleep Ritual

The process of getting to sleep is largely impacted by behaviors. When it’s getting close to bedtime, are you surfing Facebook or heightening your brain activity by flipping through work emails that can just wait until the morning? Once you understand that this is a process that you have control of, it’s truly empowering. Teach your body to sleep well by doing things that “power down” your internal systems. Over time, these self-care rituals will help you get to sleep at night. Maybe it’s taking a warm bath, reading a book, or listening to relaxing music. I love gratitude journaling with the five-minute journal.

The Five-Minute Journal Available on Amazon

Supplement

I was put on to the benefits of magnesium by sleep expert Shawn Stevenson and it’s been a game-changer for me. It’s integral to over 300 enzymatic functions in our body and most of us aren’t getting enough of it. Most importantly magnesium is a calming mineral that helps to ease your nervous system and get you into a relaxed state to fall asleep faster. It also can serve to ease muscle and joint pain so that you are more prepared to crush your workout the next day. I love EASE magnesium spray.

EASE Magnesium Spray Available on Amazon

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