Sleep – are you setting yourself up for good night’s sleep?
I don’t know about everyone else, but I have had some difficulty with sleep in the last week. Sleep is a topic we’ve often mentioned – why – because it is so important. A lack of sleep negatively affects your wellbeing, and with a less than ideal mental and physical state, it starts to negatively impact other areas in our lives - like forgetting things, doing things slower than normal, etc.
So, during winter, we suggest that you maintain good digestive health, maintain exercise and keep up good sleep habits so that you wake well rested and energized for the day.
Below are some of the things we have found that make a difference for getting good sleep during Winter.
•Keep hydrated throughout the day. Keep the water up and switch your caffeinated beverages for herbal tea.
•Find a winter fitness routine that works for you. Getting up early for an early morning jog during winter can be harder – it’s darker and colder. Choose a different time or do some other exercise at home in the morning. Remember, physical activity is important for getting restorative sleep at night.
•Don’t exercise too close to bedtime and have your night shower at least an hour before you go to bed.
•Eat earlier during winter. Avoid eating close to bedtime – a full tummy can keep tossing and turning.
•Moisturise before going to bed.
•Meditate, listen to relaxing music or read a book before going to bed.
•When in bed to go to sleep, visualize yourself having a good night’s rest and the time you want to wake. Instead of thinking about any of the day’s worries, allow yourself to reflect on the things you are grateful for and if you are mind is restless, count sheep backwards from 100.
•Aim to go to bed to sleep at the same time each night, when you are tired.
•Have a dark, quiet and electronic free bedroom environment with a comfortable temperature.