How I Solved All My Problems By Just Going To Sleep. — Here’s How To Sleep The Right Way

Do You Wanna Be Better At Sleep?

According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, “the way you feel when you’re awake depends on what happens while you’re asleep”. Your ability to learn, problem-solve, make decisions, as well as your stress (cortisol) levels are all directly linked to how much sleep you get. Sleep also balances the hormones that make you feel hungry or full (ghrelin and leptin… don’t they sound like two scary guys?), so the less sleep you get, the more hungry you feel during the day. Unsurprisingly, this means that there is a correlation between long term lack of sleep and obesity, especially in teenagers and young adults.

How To Sleep The Right Way — Everything You Thought You Knew Is A Lie

How long should you sleep? In order to be a more fully functional human being, you need 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Unless you’re an athlete, more than 9 hours of sleep could be harmful in the long run, but less than 7 hours of sleep will not give the body enough time to do its full nightly maintenance. Studies show that the position you sleep in is important as well. Sleeping on your stomach can put stress on your internal organs, so the optimal position is to sleep on your back or side. It’s helpful to sleep with a pillow between your legs when on a side, and don’t be afraid to get sexy — sleeping naked is good for your health! Elastic waistbands can block your lymphatic system.

Substances & Supplements For Better Sleep

I take magnesium and zinc supplements before bed. Magnesium acts as a mild sedative and helps the body to fall asleep, increases deep sleep, and decreases cortisol levels throughout the night. It also provides amino acids that support liver functions at night. Zinc naturally raises testosterone levels, improving the quality of sleep. I take these particularly because I don’t get enough magnesium or zinc throughout the day, so the amount that you take may vary based on your diet.

Stop Stressing, Just Chill

In order to have restful sleep, you have to clear your mind from the day you’ve had. Try to write down things to do for the next day, just to get them out of your head. Journaling, writing down affirmations and listing the things you’re grateful for can also help to clear your mind before bed. Meditation and yoga can really help you to get better quality sleep, and help you to teach your body how to relax. Also try not to work out right before bed, because your body needs to cool down. Having a cold shower before bed is really good for this!

Sleep Better Checklist:

  • 7 — 9 hours of sleep
  • Stop eating 2 hrs before bed
  • Chamomile tea
  • Magnesium, Zinc
  • No Caffeine, Coke
  • Avoid at dinner: Bacon, cheese, chocolate, potato, spinach, tomato, wine
  • No water 90 mins before bed
  • Put down the phone; Limit exposure to blue light, moonlight, LED from devices at least 1 hr before bed
  • Get sexy: sleep naked
  • Chill out, de-stress

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