Tips For a Sound Nights Sleep

CS-389_Blog_Post_Shareable_blankGetting a sound nights sleep can effect your weight more than you realize. Running on low energy means that you are more likely to go for the wrong foods that release energy quickly, like carb-based or hicgh sugar foods. Any energy that isn’t burned is then stored as fat.

By getting a better nights sleep, (about 8 hours of good quality sleep), you will find that as your energy levels improve so will your food choices.

A lack of sleep can be a result of many factors such as stress, the wrong food or even excess energy.

1) Try not to drink caffeinated drinks before bed time. If you really fancy that cup of Tea or Coffee then try de-caf.

2) Keep a note pad by your bed to write down any thoughts that are keeping you up. They can wait until tomorrow!

3) Burn off that extra energy by going for a walk or a swim. If you have been eating high energy carbohydrate based foods during the day you may find that you have excess energy to burn. Studies have also shown that walking reduces your stress levels as well as increasing your fitness.

4) Having a bath helps to relax your muscles and makes you feel sleepy. Try using lavender scented bubble bath to make your bath extra calming.

5) Smoking can lead to sleep deprivation.  Those who smoke are more likely to wake in the night and will find it harder to drop off.

6) Eating too much late at night can keep you up and mean that you gain weight. By fueling up before bed you are unable to burn the additional energy, meaning that it will be stored.

7) Chilly feet can upset your sleep patterns, so put on a pair of socks if you want to sleep well this winter.

8) Try to avoid drinking alcohol before bed. You may feel relaxed but it will reduce the quality of your sleep.

9) Go to bed when you are tired, there is no point going to bed for the sake of it. If you are awake then try doing something that will relax you. Try reading instead of watching TV

10) Get into a routine of going to bed and waking up at the same time. This will adjust your body clock and increase your chances of getting quality sleep.



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