HAPPY SLEEP AWARENESS MONTH
I don't know about you, but I'm tired A LOT! The last year has been heavy on our shoulders, work, family life, a GLOBAL PANDEMIC. It's been overwhelming to say the least.
It goes without saying that sleep has a world of benefits, from strengthening your heart health to your mental health. which is why during times like this making sure I get a good nights sleep is critical to my mental and physical health, so creating a routine has quite literally been a game changer for me.
So let's get into my routine:
1.Move my body every day
I've always loved exercise, so I set myself a challenge to move my body every single day, and that doesn't have to be 2 hours of intense workouts, it can simply be going for a 30-minute walk that day, even 10 minutes is proven to improve the quality of your sleep.
2. No screen time for the first and last hour of my day.
Having screen time before bed can directly effect your natural production of melatonin, making it harder to relax your mind and fall asleep. I’ve found that calming my mornings and evenings has allowed me to not only have a better night sleep but to also to have more positive thoughts which go on to dictate my day.
3.I started taking Natrol Gummies!
Being someone that suffers from anxiety, I've often had issues turning my thoughts off, which has always made winding down before bed a difficult process. Melatonin is a hormone our bodies already produce to help us get ready for sleep, but things like stress, diet, ageing to name a few can affect our bodies ability to produce melatonin. I have noticed significant difference in my sleep since I started taking the gummies regularly.
4.Winding down before bed
Winding down before bed In my hour of no screen time, I try to do things that relax me. For example, my skincare routine, journaling, reading, having a cup of tea, rooibos is my favourite.
These 4 really simple steps have completely transformed my relationship with sleep and helped my mental health astronomically. This month is a great time to think about your sleep habits, consider how much they impact your well-being, and if needed make changes to improve your sleep.