How many of you can't get a full 7-8 hours of sleep per night? Maybe you have problems falling asleep, or maybe you wake up often throughout the night? You're definitely not alone. This is a major issue for many of my clients, and the aftermath of not getting enough sleep is detrimental to your health.
Why is sleep so important? A good night's rest obviously helps us to function optimally the next day, but did you know that a lack of sleep actually leads to weight gain and even obesity.
Sleep also helps us to have a strong immune system, decreases inflammation, balances our hormones and even helps to reset our digestive system.
Here's what you need to know:
Many researchers are linking blue light to the inability to sleep. How do you know if you are being exposed to blue light? Well are you alive?!?! Bluelight is EVERYWHERE nowadays. Are you working on your laptop all night? Staring at the TV? How about your phone? Research is now proving that blue light disrupts our brains ability to produce melatonin.
Here's what you should do:
- Put your phone away in the other room. We really shouldn't be on our phones 24/7. I started leaving my phone in the kitchen at 8:00 pm and it has really helped me to sleep better.
- Don't watch TV all night!
- Stay off your computer, or at least invest in a red light cover.
- Buy red glasses! Click here.
- Stay off Kindles!! What happened to a good old fashioned book ;)
- Try Magnesium. I love magnesium taurate before bed. It helps calm me down, and sometimes I'll throw in some melatonin too. I use this magnesium.
It truly is simple changes like this that can greatly improve our health and wellbeing.