Feeling tired isn't the only effect of a sleepless night. Slip into sleep with these tips to try this evening
1. Restore Routine – There is so much information available today about bedtime patterns, from what time you should hit the hay to exactly how long we should sleep for, it can be overwhelming. The truth is everyone is different and you may need 7 hours sleep rather than the advised 8, so it's important to find what works for you. Find your routine and stick to it. Getting a restful sleep is about finding the right balance that works with your lifestyle.
We have been using the Sleep Calculator to find out what time we should rise and shine
2. Ditch The Fix – Often find yourself reaching for a strong coffee or diet coke mid afternoon? Using caffeine to get through the afternoon slump could be keeping you up at night. Caffeine stays in the body for up to 6 hours, break the endless cycle of sleepless nights and coffee fixes by cutting out that afternoon cup of joe. You may find it hard the first few days but your body and skin will thank you! Caffeine acts as a diuretic, taking water away from your skin and causing dehydration.
3. Snooze Food - Try not to have a heavy meal in the evening – certain foods including all important protein can be harder to digest especially when our bodies are tired after a long day. Digestion is supposed to slow by about 50% while you’re sleeping but if you eat a lot of protein, you digest even more slowly making for a very restless night!
Here are our top tips on what to nibble on or avoid before bed;
4. Space, Sanctuary, Sleep – Take a good look at your bedroom and the space around your bed and turn it into a sleep sanctuary. Do everything possible to make this room your haven for rest and recuperation. Clear away clutter, remove electronics and use clean, cool cotton sheets or candles to make a peaceful environment that is bound to transport you to the land of nod.
5. Start the Slow Down – Help your body to relax with a bath or some gentle yoga poses. Studies have shown that relaxing muscles either through gentle stretching or a warm bath has a positive, sedating effect on the body and mind.
6. Bedtime Ritual – Create an evening routine to tell your brain its time for bed. It doesn’t need to be long; it could be something as quick as reading a page or two of your current book. Create an evening habit that your brain will associate with sleep and you’ll notice after a few weeks how quickly you fall into a deep slumber. Many of us at Balance Me use our nighttime skincare routine as our wind-down ritual.
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