Maybe your parents told you that sleep is important and perhaps it was just an excuse to have quiet time but they were right, good sleep is fundamental and plays a significant role in our well-being. A good sleep goes beyond boosting your energy and good mood, it benefits your weight, heart, mind and improves quality of life.
Lack of sleep affects your daily performance making you less productive. Studies have demonstrated the effects of bad sleep on our physical health, stating that sleep deficiency increases the risk of obesity. Having adequate sleep promotes a healthy balance of your hunger hormones; your level of ghrelin (makes you feel hungry) will stay low while your level of leptin ( makes you feel full) goes up. On the other hand, sleep deficiency also affects our brain function, making you more vulnerable to loose attention and the capability to take decisions. A good sleep enhances a healthy brain function and improves your learning and problem-solving skills.
Are you having trouble to get some sleep? You are in the right place!
Trying not to get anxious or stressed out over not sleeping is not easy. The more you fret and worry the worse your insomnia becomes, it truly is a viscous cycle.
Here are some simple calming routines before bedtime to help promote better sleep
- Taking a warm bubble bath filled with lavender and epsom salts.
- Drinking a herbal tea, chamomile is really good.
- Listening to some relaxing music
- Reading a novel
- Stop using electronics 2 hours prior sleeping or at least use yellow glasses or yellow light apps (Flux or similar) to block out blue light. This will help your melatonin increase needed for sleep.
- Start to condition your mind that you are tired and that you will fall asleep. It will be difficult at first but try to always keep a positive mindset and not a negative one. Look forward to sleep – maybe even treat yourself to a new pillow and comforter.
Did you know that there is a very common link between insomnia and anxiety? If you are having trouble to sleep and you don´t why, this may be your answer.
If you want to learn more about reducing anxiety and improving your sleep, book me for a FREE discovery session. I will help you to improve your wellbeing by providing you healthy habits to get a good sleep and reduce anxiety.