This is part 18 of ‘What the health’ series. You can find earlier parts here – part1, part2, part3, part4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10, part 11, part12, part13, part14, part15, part16, part 17
3. Sleep (3)
How do you ensure a good night’s sleep –
- Shutdown your computer, cell phone, and TV at least an hour before you go to bed. No gadgets on the bedside.
- Save your bedroom for sleep, rather than work, dining or entertainment.
- Create a bedtime ritual. It’s not the time to tackle big issues. Instead, take a warm bath, meditate, or read.
- Stick to a schedule, waking up and retiring at the same times every day, even on weekends.
- Avoid eating heavy meals and alcohol close to bedtime, which may cause heartburn and make it hard to fall asleep. And steer clear of soda, tea, coffee, and chocolate after 2 p.m. Caffeine can stay in your system for 5 to 6 hours. I stopped drinking coffee completely since last 2 years.
- Turn out the lights. Darkness cues your body to release the natural sleep hormone melatonin, while light suppresses it.
I do have sleep issues – I am oversensitive to sounds, any small sound wakes me up and if I wake up in the middle of the night I have hard time going back to sleep again (mostly thoughts keep in awake). So the thing that helped me the most with my sleep issues is the app InsightTimer – it has loads of guided sleep meditations/ hypnosis. I absolutely love it, Glenn Harrold’s meditations are my most favorite. Whenever I am having trouble sleeping I play his sleep hypnosis and sleep like a baby… no more sleeping pills for me.
to be continued…
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