Here are a few tips for a better nights sleep:
-Create an aesthetic environment in your bedroom that encourages sleep by using serene and restful colors. Eliminate clutter and distraction.
-Avoid caffeine or reduce it after noon.
-Avoid alcohol - it helps you get to sleep but makes your sleep interrupted and of poor quality.
-Get regular exposure to daylight for at least 20 minutes daily. The light from the sun enters your eyes and triggers your brain to release specific chemicals and hormones like melatonin that are vital to healthy sleep, mood, and aging.
-Eat no later than two hours before bed - eating a heavy meal prior to bed will lead to a bad night's sleep and will impede the body’s overnight detoxification process.
**Create a Power down hour before bed which can include:
-Writing down the things that are causing you anxiety and make plans for what you might have to do the next day to reduce your worry. It will free up your mind and energy to move into deep and restful sleep.
-Take a hot salt or aromatherapy bath. Raising your body temperature before bed helps to induce sleep. A hot bath also relaxes your muscles and reduces tension physically and psychically.
-Warm your middle with a hot water bottle - this raises your core temperature and helps trigger the proper chemistry for sleep.
-Listen to relaxing music to help you fall asleep.