In the US, over 40% of people get less than the recommended amount of sleep. This catalyzes a shift not only in energy and mood, but in how the body functions. The effects of sleep deprivation or poor quality sleep can wreak havoc on its victims. Do you have problems falling asleep? Or problems staying asleep? Do you wake up feeling exhausted after a full night's rest?
Sleep matters, so lets improve it.
Roll out of bed with ease.
If you are a person that doesn't sleep the greatest, odds are that you enjoy many cups of coffee to make it through the day. This can compromise the sleep of the following night, thus creating a cycle of sleep deprivation and caffeine dependence. The habits formed through this ruins the endocrine system, creating hormonal imbalances. For a good night's sleep, cutting off your afternoon coffee helps the cortisol pattern correct. This then insures that your body isn't still processing your 3pm cappuccino when you are restlessly tossing and turning. Try a matcha green tea or regular green tea instead, the L-theanine in the tea reduces anxiety and it provides caffeine without the harsh ups and downs.
Creating a pre-bedtime routine is crucial to helping the body unwind from the day. Epsom salt baths, chamomile tea, magnesium drinks and a skin care routine all contribute to a more restful night. Magnesium helps the body relax and decompress. I love the Natural Vitality magnesium drink to help me calm my mind. The edition of magnesium to your night time routine, also aids in relieving constipation, balances the hormones, and helps your muscles repair themselves overnight. In return, you'll have better work outs, more energy, and better digestion. A nightly epsom salt bath creates a safe space for you to clear your mind and loose tension. Epsom salts are rich in magnesium as well, so there are similar benefits shared by this and the magnesium drink. A hot epsom salt bath also helps sweat out the toxins from the day, thus detoxing the body from the toxin load.
Sleep supplements are highly marketed and fail to deliver. The Natural Vitality Magnesium drink I take everyday and love the deep sleep I get in return. Other supplements I trust for sleep are CBD oil and GABA. On the occasional jet lagged night or flight, I reach for a low dosage melatonin. Its very easy to build up a dependence on sleep enhancers, so I would stay away from taking a melatonin every day.
Some nights, I make myself a sleep latte. A warm cup of creamy coconut milk infused with antiiflammatory herbs and spices to aid in renewal overnight. Having collagen protein before bed helps the body fall asleep faster because of the amino acid Glycine. As well as waking up to glowing skin and stronger hair, not to mention better digestion. Heres my recipe...
1.5 cups coconut milk
2 star anise
1/2 tsp cinammon & turmeric
1 serving collagen
1 tsp raw honey
1 tsp vanilla
1. warm coconut milk on the stove with the star anise and vanilla