DO WE REALLY NEED THAT MUCH SLEEP?
The short answer is yes, but in a time when there are more things that are taking up our time than ever, here's why it's so important to get a little shuteye.
With everyday responsibilities constantly on our minds, the dream of an 8 hour sleep seems like just that, a dream. Instead we have long days, exhausting workplaces, and family all eating away at that precious sleep time. To make things worse, there a million different things ready to disrupt our sleep: that loud text message, or a restless pet.
All of this leads to those inevitable problems with waking up in the morning, where we try to hold on to those last few minutes of sleep by mashing that snooze button on our alarms.
What happens to our bodies at night?
As early as dusk, our body produces hormones to calm our body down, giving us that relaxed feeling that we get as night falls. This allows our bodies to perform functions like digestion more easily, something that if not done properly can actually affect your sleep patterns.
Food is such an important factor in getting a good nights sleep. At night, the hormone that makes us feel hungry is reduced. When you are hungry when you try to fall asleep, you actually have different hormones working against each other. This causes disturbances while you try to sleep.
Something to remember is that foods like sugars and sweets can cause a severe disturbance in your sleep. While foods like cake and ice cream may taste good, your body has to work very hard to break them down, and doing this late in the evening or at night works against what your body really needs to do - rest.
What can i do to help my body rest?
- Keep gadgets away from your bed
- Do not use any phone/laptop at least 45 minutes prior to sleep
- No sweets or desserts after 4pm
- Do not eat in bed
- Have some cashew milk before going to sleep
- Wash feet with warm water before bed
- Apply a drop of Clarified Butter or Oil on the sole of the feet and massage for 1 minute
- Avoid wearing satin sleepwear or using bedsheets, as they rise the body temperature, which may interrupt the sleep. Always use & wear natural & cotton sleepware or bedsheets
- If you are suffering from insomnia/disturbed sleep pattern; avoid hitting a gym in the evening as working out may increase your metabolism & reduce the calming hormone secretion
- No caffeine or stimulants before bed
Working any of these steps can drastically improve the way you sleep. For some, may of these things have become part of your routine, so breaking this may be difficult. Take your time and work through them. In time, your mornings can be easier than ever, and your body will be thanking you.
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