Sleep is incredibly important and is an integral component of good health. It can have an affect on our mood, energy, adrenals, stress levels and can even support weight loss.
Here are a few of my top tips for getting a better night's sleep:
1. Turn off all devices 30 minutes before you wish to go to sleep.
Switch off and read a book, jot down 3 positive things that happened to you that day, or prepare some healthy snacks for the day to come!
2. Eat Magnesium containing foods
Magnesium is a great muscle relaxer. Fill your dinner plate with leafy greens, seeds, or legumes! Almonds and cashews are also a great source of magnesium, so have a handful before bed.
3. Chamomile tea
Chamomile supports quality sleep and has been shown to relieve insomnia (do not take whilst taking Warfarin, consult your natural health professional for other alternatives!).
4. If you have trouble switching off at night, I recommend putting a note pad next to your bed.
Write down all your thoughts or anything that pops into your head. I usually find this helpful, especially when I remember things I need to do the next day while I'm laying in bed.
5. Avoid drinking alcohol of caffeinated drinks before hitting the hay.
Alcohol in particular can disrupt quality sleep and the body's natural restoration process.
6. Focus on your breathing
Take long, deep breaths inhaling and exhaling, and focus on your breath. This can help calm the body and relax the mind.