10 Tips to Improve Sleep
GOOD SLEEP = GOOD HEALTH
Insomnia is one of the top health problems in the US. One third of Americans report that they get less than 6 hours of sleep a night and 51% of adults say they have trouble sleeping at least a few nights per week. Sleep is essential, not only for cognitive performance, but also for optimal weight!
Sleep deprived individuals risk weight gain because they increase daily caloric intake by eating more meals, and eating up to 800 more calories after 10pm!
Not only that but sleeping 5 hours a night for just one week impairs carbohydrate tolerance and insulin sensitivity. Consider sleep the best weight loss pill. But wait – isn’t popping a sleeping pill an easy fix? Sleeping pills are usually designed for short-term use and can be habit forming. Side effects can include dizziness, daytime drowsiness, increased risk of falling, sleep walking and memory issues. Most of all, sleeping pills do not address the root cause of sleep problems. Putting forth effort to improve sleep can go a long ways!
In this article, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa shares shares 10 tips to improve sleep.
1. GET SOME SUN
Spend time outdoors each day. It strengthens body’s circadian rhythms. SpaIndex Tip: Beware of too much of a good thing, however. A day in the sun without SPF protection could lead to sunburn and that not only keeps you awake with discomfort, it causes serious skin damage as well.
2. AVOID TOO MUCH LIGHT AT NIGHT
This includes moonlight coming through the shades, alarm clocks, computers, television, laptops, etc.
3. DECREASE BEDROOM EMF EXPOSURE
This includes cell phones, tablets, cordless phones, modems, laptops, etc. SpaIndex Tip: EMF refers to ElectroMagnetic Fields. These fields are produced by anything with voltage or which conducts currents, including appliances, computers, telephones and chargers, lamps, cords, outlets, electric blankets, power lines, and mores. If it has a cord, it has EMF, but there other things which conduct current, including metal plumbing, power meters, SmartMeters, cell phones, cell towers, wireless routers, and cordless phones.
4. DON'T EXERCISE CLOSE TO BEDTIME
Get exercise, but not 3 hours before bed. Exercise can help stabilize cortisol levels during the day but intense exercise too close to bedtime can actually cause cortisol levels to be high. SpaIndex Tip: Cortisol is produced by your adrenal glands, and helps your body properly use blood sugar and fat and manage stress.
5. DON'T OVER-EAT OR UNDER-EAT
Don’t go to bed too full or too hungry. Having a light dinner usually works for most people but some people with low blood sugar issues may need a small snack before bed. SpaIndex Tip: Also try these 5 Teas for Tired People.
6. GO TO SLEEP BEFORE MIDNIGHT
An hour before midnight is worth 2 hours after. Going to bed early honors our body’s natural circadian rhythm.
7. MINIMIZE OR NEUTRALIZE NOISE
Get earplugs or a white/brown noise maker if necessary to neutralize noise coming from outside or inside the house.
8. KEEP THE BEDROOM A BEDROOM
Keep the bedroom a sacred place for sleep and sex. All other activities can violate the principle that the bedroom is meant for sleeping. This includes watching television in bed, texting, typing emails in bed, eating in bed, etc.
9. EMBRACE COMFORT
Assess the comfortability of your mattress, pillow and pajamas and make adjustments accordingly. Find ways to to ensure you don’t get too hot or too cold at night.
10. NAP TIME
Napping can be helpful to catch up on sleep but only if it does not interfere with night-time sleeping.
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa bridges the gap between health resort and luxury spa with ease. Cal-a-vie works to identify problems arising from adrenal, thyroid or sex hormone imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, malabsorption, food sensitivities, heavy metal exposure, and more. The active exercise program includes more than 130 different classes ranging from activities from advanced (for the very fit) to transitional (for those beginning or returning to a fitness regime). To this, add gourmet spa cuisine and therapeutic spa treatments and the majority of guests leave the resort having lost weight and gained healthy lifestyle changes.