Next to the benefits of a healthy diet, sleep is one of the most essential requirements for maintaining optimal physical and mental wellbeing. Individuals who have normal and consistent sleep patterns benefit from increased longevity, improved brain health, higher HDL levels, and healthy blood sugar levels.
This is no big surprise because sleep restores you in a way that nothing else can. While you sleep, your brain is able to rest, replenishing its energy reserves in preparation for the next day. A good night’s sleep gives your body a chance to repair itself, recovering from the daily stresses of living a busy life and mending any cellular damage incurred along the way.
But one of the most important benefits of a good night’s sleep is having increased mental acuity, energy, and stamina. This allows you to spend quality time with your family and appreciate the small pleasures in your day-to-day routine. However, when sleep becomes compromised, late nights get even later, mornings come even sooner, and before long, you’re trapped in a vicious cycle resulting in mild but chronic sleep debt.
The good news is that when it comes to sleep, quality is more important than quantity. You don’t necessarily need to sleep longer, as long as you can sleep better.
With that in mind, here are three important habits to improve the quality of your sleep:
1. Black Out Your Bedroom
Exposure to even the smallest amount of light can inhibit melatonin, your primary sleep hormone. When there’s not enough melatonin, falling asleep and staying asleep can be more difficult. Invest in blackout curtains that block any outside light and be sure to remove any night lights, cover-up alarm clock displays, and any other seemingly innocuous light sources with a strip of painter’s tape or black electrical tape. The goal is to make your bedroom dark enough that you can’t see your hand when you hold it in front of your face.
2. Engage in Regular Exercise
Studies have found that people who maintain a consistent workout schedule sleep much better. Some research suggests that exercising in the morning may improve sleep later in the evening. What’s good is that any kind of physical activity you enjoy will likely give you benefits. Whether it’s a brisk walk, a short run, a bike ride, or lifting weights, your body will have a much easier time of drifting off and then staying asleep throughout the night.
3. Take a food-based mineral supplement to get into parasympathetic (repair and rest) dominance.
A fantastic way to calm the body and mind is taking a really good source of minerals from a whole-food based supplement. Minerals relax the nervous system, so you are able to get ready for a good night’s slumber. Stop by our front desk with any questions about which whole-food based minerals are best for you!
Our friends at WholisticMatters.com have put together some excellent tips for getting quality sleep!
Good night! Sleep tight, and sweet dreams!