Sleep is for babies… right? I mean we’re all busy, have lots of responsibilities, commitments and such. Its far easier to burn the midnight oil and use those last few hours of the night to play catch-up, right? Well… not so right. In fact a sleep deficient body can carry a boat load of health risks. Can you say adrenal fatigue, blood sugar imbalances, cardiovascular disease, weight gain, diabetes and more…? Here’s an article to back those up a bit.
This month we’ve been talking all about balance, and it’s very apparent through our countless conversations with clients and in our programs that a common denominator when it comes to helping “rebalance” is sleep. It’s totally underestimated in fact. Our decisions, our moods, our perspective AND our food choices are determined by how much energy we have. Energy, yeah, that stuff you need to keep going throughout the day…that’s really derived from how many hours you log on the pillow.
Yes we are nutritionists but boy do we ever talk about sleep.
Here’s some tips to help you along the way:
- Shut down your station (ie your computer and/or TV) 45mins-1hr before bedtime.
- Grab a little protein – a handful of pumpkin seeds or even a slice of organic turkey. You know that melatonin stuff? The hormone that promotes sleep – well it’s backed my tryptophan and a little protein snack before bed can help with both melatonin production AND help with any blood sugar drops that might wake you up in the middle of the night.
- Be on EMF (electromagnetic field) alert. What’s lit up in your room? Alarm clock or those little red buttons on the TV? Believe it or not those interfere with not only your sleep quality but your hormones Oh yeah, big stuff here. Unplug or cover those bad boys up!
- Stay dark. If you do happen to wake in the middle of the night avoid turning lights on. Now this means you need to clear the path to the bathroom the night before, but research show that light stimulates the retina that then turns down or off melatonin production… and you don’t need that turning off when you tip toe back to your warm bed.
Now go catch some zzzz’s this week!