Aligning your natural sleep rhythm
How To Get The Best Sleep - Naturally!
As we settle into 2024 and the flow of our routines, aligning our sleep schedule to ensure proper shut eye is crucial. Before reaching for prescription sleep aids, we’re sharing some simple tips to guide you to dreamland.
Believe it or not, your sleep routine can begin just as you’re waking up. Enjoying your morning drink, outside in the sunshine positively effects the natural production of melatonin (your sleep hormone) for the circadian rhythm (your sleep wake cycle). As the sun goes down, while the desire to switch off and stream something or have a scroll is a tempting wind down tool, blue light from our screens impacts our melatonin production basically blocking our body’s ability to get nice and sleepy. Turn off the main lights and go for lamps, warm lighting and a book.
Having dinner and hour earlier than normal, creates times for a relaxing bath and reading, better yet, read in the bath with the lamp on and your favourite bath soak (Onsen Bath Soak). And with that earlier dinner, skip the cocktail or wine where you can as it can negatively impact the second half of your sleep cycle therefore decreasing the quality of your rest. Sip on Sleep/Calm by Imbibe, make it earlier in the day in a pitcher and serve it chilled, garnish with cherries and ice cubes, a twist on a mocktail!
Just before bed spray some magnesium spray on the soles of your feet where your body best absorbs magnesium for a restful sleep and recovery - naturally!
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