Friday, August 11, 2017

Three Things You Should Do to Get a Better Night's Sleep

Sleeping is one of the best things you can do for your body. It increases your mental health, allows your body to self regulate, and helps with your daily production levels. I am, by nature, a night owl. I tend to get more done when the clock strikes nine, but am slowly realizing the difference it makes when I go to bed before 1AM. Working full time is a whole new ball game for me, so sleep is extra important to my productivity and alertness at work. If you need a little help in the sleep department, too, then you'll definitely want to add the following three things into your nightly routine. 


SPEND SOME ALONE TIME WITH GOD

Whether you're reading, journaling, or praying, you're allowing your body to relax, while also spending time with God. One of my goals this month is to get back into this nighttime routine. What does this look like for me? Reading a chapter in a "Christian Growth Book" and journalling my prayers. Science says that reading and journaling can help you have a better night's sleep, so why not strengthen your spiritual bond at the same time? Two for one benefits. 

LOWER THE TEMPERATURE IN YOUR ROOM

When I go to bed, I'm wearing shorts and a t-shirt and have the fan on high. I like it to be cold when I sleep, and, turns out, there are some serious benefits to a sleeping in a cool room. Not only does it help you fall asleep faster, but it allows your body to produce more melatonin, helps with insomnia, and increases your metabolism. 

DO SOME STRESS-RELIEVING EXERCISES

Doing simple stretches before climbing into bed can help alleviate tension that has built up throughout the day. If you need some stretching inspiration, check out these basic stretches by Shape Magazine. Trust me, they will help relax you before falling asleep.

Tell me: how have you been sleeping?

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