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4 Ways To Get A Better Night’s Sleep

Health | Lifestyle | Sleep

Did you know most of us need at least eight to nine hours of sleep a night? However, not many of us are getting anywhere near that amount regularly. Getting enough quality sleep is just as important as exercise and healthy eating. In this journal, we share our top tips for getting a good night’s sleep (and it doesn’t include counting sheep!).

 

Lifestyle Changes

During our lifetime we should spend, on average at least 25 years sleeping! If you are finding it hard to fit in the ‘ZZZ’s’ then it might be that you need to review your lifestyle and make some changes for the better. Working on a computer, browsing Instagram or FB feeds on your phone just before you go to bed, or working late into the night on your laptop in bed are not great habits for a restful nights sleep. Any activity that stimulates your brain is not going to help your mind relax and unwind. There are also studies that support the theory that using gadgets in the evening affects not only the quantity but the quality of our sleep. Our screens emit blue lights which tricks our brains into thinking we should be awake so swap the gadgets for a good book.

Stock Up On Sleep

Ensure you get enough sleep! A healthy sleepcycle is vital for your mood, body and skin. Lack of sleep depletes moisture levels in your skin which results in your skin looking less youthful. Burning the candle at both ends will also drain that gorgeous natural glow from your skin.

The Curse Of Caffeine

Caffeine is a natural stimulant which effects the brain and the central nervous system. Consumed worldwide, we all know it makes you feel more awake, but it can also have a negative effect on your sleep and anxiety levels. It’s not just your daily cup of tea or coffee which contain caffeine. Caffeine is found in some chocolate, ice-creams and even breakfast cereals! Avoiding caffeine before bedtime is certainly advisable. One study, however, found that consuming caffeine 6 hours BEFORE bedtime reduced sleep time by one hour! It is worth noting that as we age our bodies take longer to process the caffeine.

Take A Natural Approach

CBD Oil is a natural and non-habit forming supplementation for a healthy lifestyle. Eating the right foods, cutting back on alcohol consumption all have a positive impact on the quality of your sleep pattern.

Take A Cold Shower

Taking a cold shower after you have been out in the sun will not only be refreshing, but a lower temperature won’t aggravate your sun kissed skin. It will also keep your skin clear and prevent your pores clogging up.

Get Some Exercise

Whether you choose a bike ride, a brisk walk home instead of a bus ride, or a session at the gym, exercise can be hugely beneficial for sleep. As a natural stress buster, exercise not only increases the body temperature, but the post-exercise drop in temperature could help you fall asleep. Exercise can also help lift your mood and if you are feeling happier, you’re more likely to be able to sleep better.

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