Sleep impacts every part of our body – from our memory and ability to concentrate to maintaining our fat-burning systems.
I’m guessing many of you don’t get enough.
I get it. It is hard.
You have a family; there is so much to do. This is especially true for mom’s this time of year, when things are so busy. We are all at risk of letting the back-to-school chaos keep us up at night.
If you stay up just a little later or get up earlier you can squeeze in a bit more to your day and hopefully (eventually!) end that feeling of overwhelm that seems to follow you around.
You aren’t alone. An estimated 25% of us struggle with sleep issues. (Myself included.)
With all of the back to school stress we Mom’s are dealing with, I thought I would revisit the topic and share with you some simple tips for better sleep. Because in addition to our children getting great sleep, a rested Mom is also important to starting the school year off right.
Simple Tips for Better Sleep
I’ve tried everything for better sleep! One of the things that has worked best for me over the years is taking Melatonin 20 minutes before bed.
Melatonin is an antioxidant hormone that regulates your bodies sleep-wake cycle. As we age, the amount of melatonin our bodies produce decreases which can lead to more difficulty falling and staying asleep.
Research indicates that melatonin supplementation can help reduce the time needed to fall asleep and improve the quality of sleep.
I almost never have issues falling asleep, but staying asleep is another issue. I find that melatonin improves my ability to stay asleep.
High cortisol levels can make you wake up at night. Chances are if you wake up at 3 am or 4 am the underlying culprit is a cortisol surge. Melatonin levels should rise at night, causing cortisol levels to lower. When you take melatonin before bed, this can help prevent excess cortisol and prevent it from waking you up.
I take Natrol Melatonin, which happens to be the #1 band of melatonin in America, is a drug-free way to be more rested! There are two different formulas: The Natrol Fast Dissolve and Natrol Advanced Sleep Melatonin. I love the Fast Dissolve, which doesn’t require water and tastes great. The Advanced Sleep Melatonin is also fabulous because it gives you the initial 5mg dose and then releases the remaining 5mg throughout the night to help you stay asleep.
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Blood sugar dropping is a common disruption to sleep. I used to think that having only protein at night was the solution for good sleep but this actually isn’t the case. Slow burning (resistant) carbs combined with a bit of protein are actually your best bet for good sleep. Think slightly green bananas, beans and sweet potatoes.
Start in the Morning
Did you know that a good nights sleep can start first thing in the morning? Getting up at the same time each morning and heading outside within an hour of waking can go a long way towards protecting your sleep.
According to a National Sleep Foundation poll, 75% of people say they sleep better when their sheets have a fresh scent. Wash your sheets every week and then try this linen spray during the week.
You know that I adore my to-do lists. I’m slightly obsessed. As it turns out, this is a good thing. If your mind is racing of all the things you need to accomplish the next day, try writing everything down and releasing it until the morning.