It’s summer. The sun stays out longer so we tend to want to stay up later, but we still have to get up at the same time. What I keep telling myself and my clients is that we need to be mindful of the quantity and quality of our sleep we get at night.
Minimum 6-8 hours of quality sleep at night is what most women need in order to wake up rested and ready for the day. But, I do realize that a lot of us are moms who get a few hours here and a few hours there due to kids waking up throughout the night. Today, I wanted to offer a few tips to improve the quality of your sleep if you can’t necessarily control the quantity of your sleep.
Here are things you can do at night, before bed to help improve the quality of your sleep:
No electronics an hour before bed. No screens.
Do a 5 minute yoga flow before bed. Something relaxing to release tension.
Sleep in complete darkness. Black out curtains are great.
Stop eating 2 hours before bed. Let your whole body get a chance to rest.
Decrease alcohol. Alcohol actually hurts our ability to go into a deep rest.
No caffeine after 2pm.
Sleep naked. Yes. I said it.
Include intentional movement or regular exercise into your day.
These things all work better when you do them consistently. Don't expect results after just doing it once. If you need more tips or accountability, send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org Happy Sleeping!
Carolyn Food Coach Personal Trainer Mother of Three