Does the thought of winter make you want to go into hibernation? You’re not alone! Learn how to promote a healthy sleep with the change of seasons!
The transition from fall to winter can cause the body to crave more sleep due to the shortage of daylight hours; exposure to light is what maintains our circadian rhythm (internal body clock that regulates sleep-wake cycle) — but too much of a good thing isn’t always a good thing!
Oversleeping can be harmful to the body and has been linked to a variety of health issues such as heart disease and diabetes. Experts recommend that adults should be getting between seven to nine hours of sleep every night. During the darker months you may want to aim for nine hours!
Quality of sleep is another important factor that tends to be overlooked. This is impacted by many factors and choices you make — from nightly electronic use, to late afternoon coffee breaks! By improving your quality of sleep you will successfully increase the amount of sleep you're getting.
You deserve to wake up feeling rested. Here’s how you can promote healthier sleeping patterns; especially during those darker, chilly nights!
REDUCE BLUE LIGHT EXPOSURE
Which one are you guilty of? Cell phone, laptop, or TV before bed. Maybe all the above? Make a habit of turning off all of your electronics at least 30 minutes before bed. Electronics are incredibly stimulating, they emit an artificial blue light that tricks your body and delays its internal clock. This can cause harmful impacts over time in sleep quality and reduction.
ENGAGE IN RELAXING ACTIVITIES
What relaxes you?
Try taking a hot bath while reading a book, meditating or stretching before bedtime. These types of activities induce calmness and allow your brain to focus on one thing at a time -- triggering your "rest and digest" response which promotes relaxation.
SKIP THE AFTERNOON PICK ME UP
Is caffeine your primary source of fuel?
Don't worry -- you can still have your morning fix! Ditch the caffeine after lunch and opt for something less stimulating like decaf tea or flavoured water. Studies show a cup of coffee can have a significant impact on quality sleep up to 6 hours before bed!
USE A NATURAL SLEEP AID
Sleep Plus: the best kept secret to getting your zzz’s
Sometimes you need a little help along the way! With our over-stimulating and busy lives, it's no wonder our sleep can get compromised. Introducing your sleep saviour this winter, Sleep Plus: an all natural sleep aid featuring ingredients like L-theanine, lemon balm and melatonin. All packed into a delicious vegan gummy! This formula will help improve the quality of your sleep and get your natural sleep cycle back on track. It can really be that easy!
KEEP YOUR OASIS COZY
Do you sleep in a comfortable environment? Having a warm, comfortable bedroom can help you feel more relaxed and improve your sleep. Here are some fun ways to cozy up your bedroom: pick up a Himalayan salt lamp, turn on a diffuser, crank up the heat, use fleece bed sheets, fluff up your pillows, adjust your mattress. Feng Shui your room and bring in more positive, relaxing energy !
Incorporate these steps into your routine today and you will be on you way to catching
restful zzz’s tonight!
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5..
1. Turn off electronics 30 minutes before bed minimum
2. Engage in relaxing activities before bed
3. Cut out coffee after lunch
4. Supplement with an effective natural sleep aid: Sleep Plus
5. Keep your bedroom warm and cozy