The Most Underrated Tool to Living Fit
Sleep is the most underrated tool you have in your wellness arsenal. When you neglect your capacity to get quality, restful sleep, you disrupt your ability to live a truly healthy life.
Not getting enough sleep? You are probably dealing with:
- Weight Gain
- Problems Losing Weight
- Memory Loss
- Easily Distracted
- Compromised Immune Function
- Decreased Sex Drive
- Glucose Intolerance
- Improper Hormone Function
Fact: Man is the only mammal that willingly delays sleep.
It is obviously easier to see the external changes that poor sleep can cause but the more pressing issues may be under the surface.
How to get better sleep
1. Turn down the AC
Make it cold. Studies show that setting the thermostat to
somewhere around 65 degrees is ideal. The cooler temperatures can trigger your
body’s wind down system. Other studies also suggest there might be some calorieburning
benefits as well (if you needed extra motivation).
2. Make your room the bat cave *Bats not necessary*
Make the room DARK. I’m talking as dark as possible. We as humans are essentially programmed to sleep when it’s dark. Your body follows a pattern of reducing cortisol and increasing melatonin, all in the name of helping you sleep. Lights throw that off.
3. Put away your cell phone, laptop, tablet, and turn off the TV
The blue light emitted from these devices delay melatonin production and interfere with your regular sleep pattern. They also will unnecessarily keep the brain active and engage you in what it is you are doing (watching Game of Thrones, checking out your friend’s pictures of their baby on Facebook, or typing up a business plan). Read a book instead.
4. Eat some carbs at dinner
Research shows that eating carbs before bedtime can help people sleep better. So it may not be a bad idea to add some carbs even if you are a low carb-er/ or Paleo style eater.