🚫 Stop doing these things if you want better sleep 🚫
Who doesn’t want better sleep? It’s the key to more energy, weight loss, mental clarity, and just feeling GOOD. In my health coaching practice, one of the first issues we work on is making sure clients are sleeping well.
Benefits of good sleep:
🛌 An energy boost from allowing your body to repair and regenerate cells and releasing vital hormones.
🛌 Improved weight loss and metabolism by allowing your body to respond appropriately to regulate hunger hormones and control cravings. Balance can help prevent overeating, regulate blood sugar, and avoid insulin resistance.
🛌 You form new neural connections through a process called neuroplasticity while sleeping. This enhances long term memory and may help prevent dementia.
🛌 Good sleep improves mental clarity and focus. Just one night of poor sleep will reveal itself the next day in poorer decision making and lack of problem solving ability. Check your habits first. Do you do any of these 5 things that could be secretly ruining your sleep?
❌ Alcohol. Even though alcohol initially calms the nervous system, it disrupts the normal phases of the sleep cycle as it wears off during the night. And remember, alcohol metabolizes to acetaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Beer, containing carbohydrates, raises blood glucose levels. Leading to ➡
❌ Sugar. Eating sweets and refined carbohydrates causes blood sugar fluctuations that disrupt sleep. Especially if eaten as a bedtime snack. Avoid sugar late in the day.
❌ Late-day caffeine. It can take up to 10 hours for caffeine to completely clear from your system, so pay attention to when you drink that last sip of coffee. That goes for caffeinated beverages like soda with high fructose corn syrup.
❌ Sitting around. Movement and exercise are key to healthy hormones, a regulated internal clock, and quality sleep.
❌ Nighttime Screens. The blue light that emits from your phone, tablet, or TV interferes with your natural production of melatonin, the hormone needed for sleep. This is being studied more and more as smart screens have become the rage. Electromagnetic Fields from your router may also disrupt your sleep. Put them on a timer, if possible, to shut down while you’re sleeping. I asked around and many people already do this to avoid EMF exposure while asleep.
Before you grab a pill (even something natural), take a look at these habits and see if you notice better sleep when you stop them. If you still need help, get in touch and I’ll show you some natural supplements that can aid you toward a healthy and blissful sleep.
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