Having a hard time sleeping? If so, you’re not alone. I don’t need to tell you that lack of sleep makes you moody, irritable, impairs your judgment making simple tasks difficult and decision-making a nightmare. Without adequate sleep, we make mistakes, get into accidents, and consequentially our job performance suffers. Research indicates that sleep deprivation makes the body retain fat, your body and brain are unable to repair properly, and you can increase the chances of early Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and heart disease.
Research found women are more affected by lack of sleep, or sleep deprivation, compared to men? Women are more robust multitaskers than men. Women’s ability to handle a bunch of thought projects at once means their brains expend more energy than men’s—and that means they need more sleep, according to recent research. After collecting data from more than 200 middle-aged men and women, researchers from the Loughborough University’s Sleep Research Center in Leicestershire, England say women need 20 more minutes of shut-eye than men to function properly because their brains are both more complex and used more, Woman’s Day reported.
Here are 5 top tips to help settle your mind, rest your body, and drift off into a great night’s sleep.
- Relax before bedtime with a 10-20 minute yoga stretch. You can find several nighttime yoga classes on YouTube that are perfect for winding down your night, feel calm, and get you ready to rest.
- Sleep Spray. CBD sleep spray contains a natural cannabinoid called cannabidiol (CBD) in the form of a spray. It helps your mind and body relax for a peaceful night’s sleep. CBD has been proven effective relief of sleep and anxiety issues. Sleep spray combines CBD and other important nutrients to help promote a long & restful sleep. (FTC Disclaimer: Lets Grow Girl! receives a commission on purchases made through this link)
- Sleep Time herbal tea. Completely stop all caffeine 6-8 hours before bedtime. Caffeine can actually stay in your body for up to eight hours. There are several delicious sleep time caffeine-free teas available. Two favorites are Yogi Bedtime Tea, Allegro Organic Peaceful Slumber.
- Listen to Sleep Stories for Grown-ups. Enjoy sleep-inducing tales mixed with soothing words, music, and sound effects that will have you drifting off to dreamland. Most people never hear the end of the story as they have fallen asleep far before the narrator gently speaks. Sleep stories are available free on YouTube and Podcasts or you can get more with a paid app on Calm and Headspace.
- Magnesium. Take a bath with magnesium flakes. Life-flo Pure Magnesium Flakes has a remarkable ability to calm and relax the body and mind. It also associated with increases in sleep-inducing melatonin and decreases in sleep busting cortisol so that you can sleep better.
You have the power to naturally improve your sleep and ultimately improve your performance and quality of life. Sweet Dreams!