{Winter Resilience Detox} Sneak Peak at Sleep

{Day 5} Catch Some ZzzzzZZZzz

How did you sleep last night? Did you dream? Did you wake up a few times?

Sleep is an important part of successfully detoxifying your body. You need sleep to survive. Your body heals in your sleep.If you’re not sleeping 7 to 8 hours a night, consider making sleep a priority this week. You’ll be more alert and more likely to make healthy choices, Sleep also affects your hunger hormone levels– lack of sleep can lower leptin, the satisfaction hormone, and make you more likely to crave carby foods.

Make a sleep plan for the week by asking yourself the following questions:

When will I  go to bed? When I you wake up? Will I need to set an alarm? Or make a goal to turn off the TV at 10pm?

If you find that you have trouble sleeping, here are some things that you can try:

  • Drinking relaxing tea, like chamomile, to wind down. (Not too close to bedtime though—bathroom trips definitely disrupt your sleep patterns 😉
  • Turn off the TV and bright screened mobile devices 30 minutes before bed. The light from these electronics can interfere with your body’s production of melatonin- the relaxation hormone.
  • Have some nuts before bed. The magnesium in nuts can help you relax. You could also try drinking magnesium in the form of Natural Calm, or taking a supplement.
  • Make sure that your bedroom is dark, quiet and cool. The optimum temperature for sleep is 60 to 65 F.

How will you make sleep a priority this week?

* For more info on the importance of sleep, visit Mark’s Daily Apple and read The Definitive Guide to Sleep or read Lights Out by David Crawford

 

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