Do This Today, Sleep Better Tonight
We all know the feeling of waking up feeling rested and refreshed. But how often do you actually experience that feeling? For most people, it’s far too rarely. Whether you struggle to fall asleep at night or can’t seem to get out of the bed in the morning, here are a few things to try to help you wake up feeling ready to tackle your day.
Let in Light
Your brain sees light and goes, “wake up, it’s the morning!”. This can be a problem if you’re trying to fall asleep, so try to keep your room as dark as possible and put away light-emitting electronics at least 30 minutes before bed. However, the opposite is true when you are trying to wake up. Let in some natural light or stand outside for a few minutes to help your body wake up naturally. If you can find natural light throughout the day, that’s even better as spending time in the sun has been shown to help you sleep better and wake up more easily the next day.
When you’re feeling sluggish in the morning, the last thing you want to do is get up and work out. But exercise might be exactly what you need, as it wakes up your body, gives you an energy boost and even prepares your body for deeper and more restful sleep the next night. Go for a short jog, or if yoga is more your style a brief stretching session and meditation to get you in the best mindset for the day.
Eat Carbs for Dinner, not Sugar
While carbs and sugar give you similar spikes and crashes, one can actually help you sleep. Sugar wreaks havoc on your system by spiking your blood sugar through the roof and then giving you a sluggish crash, but the insulin spike from carbs can actually help you relax and fall asleep. So if you’re planning a pasta dinner, don’t worry about the guilt – you’ll be able to sleep it right off.
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