Fun fact, we should be spending a third of our lives sleeping. How does that sound? Sleep is so important for our overall health and hormones. In fact when we are sleep deprived, it can contribute to weight gain, increased cortisol levels, and insulin resistance which can affect our sex hormones.
Studies have shown that we should be getting 7-8 hours of quality sleep every night. When we sleep, our body repairs itself. We also have something called glymphatic drainage which gets rid of cellular debris in the brain. If you are not getting quality and quantity sleep, this does not happen effectively or at all.
Hormonal imbalance can affect our sleep and lack of sleep can cause hormonal imbalance. So it can become a never ending vicious cycle! What do I mean by quality sleep? What I mean is that you should have no issues falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking up feeling rested. If you are having trouble with any of these phases of sleep, you should follow up with a Functional Medicine practitioner so they can dive deep into your medical history, order blood work, and look at lifestyle factors which could be affecting your sleep.
What are things that you can do now to improve sleep:
1. Stop eating 3-4 hours before bedtime and eat high protein and high fat meal.
2. Stop drinking water 1-2 hours before bed.
3. Shut off phones, TVs, and electronics 1 hour before bed.
4. Turn off bright lights and LEDs, and avoid blue light, use lamps with a warm glow.
5. Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day.
6. Do something relaxing like taking a bath with essential oils, meditation, deep breathing exercises, nighttime yoga session, etc.
Please share, what do you do to improve your sleep? Be sure to subscribe, like, and share with anyone who would benefit. Live with Intention & Be Radiant!