When many of our clients first find us they usually have a common goal – weight loss. Although losing weight can certainly be important for overall health there are so many different areas that you can optimize in order to live healthier and happier.
Sleep is one of those ways. In fact, it’s been shown that improving your sleep will actually help in losing weight quickly if that’s what your ultimate goal is. Either way, getting a better night’s sleep is a great way to improve your overall health.
So, how can you optimize your night’s sleep? Here are a few tips you can put into practise to help feel more rested:
1. No Caffeine in the afternoon
Don’t get me wrong, I love my coffee, but far too many people drink it too close to bedtime. If you keep your caffeine intake to the morning you are going to get a much better sleep than if you drank it in the afternoon. It is also a big bonus if you stop to think about how to lose 10 pounds fast because more sleep will help keep the weight off!
Substitute your afternoon coffee for a decaffeinated tea and see how much better of a night’s sleep you will have.
2. Keep it dark and cool.
The environment in which you sleep will have a big impact on how well you sleep. The guys over at Lifestyle Accountability recently had a podcast episode in which they discussed sleep optimization and one of the cool things they mentioned was temperature and brightness.
It’s important that it’s dark – really dark – and that if you have blinds that you also use some sort of black out curtain. Keeping the room cool will also help you get a better night’s sleep.
3. Don’t use technology in the bedroom.
The screens of your gadgets are having more of an impact on your sleep than you think. Keep the electronics out of the bedroom and see how much better you sleep. I use my phone as an alarm clock often, but I try to keep it as far away from my bed as possible (which also helps force me to wake up in the morning to turn off the alarm).
This is just scraping the tip of the iceberg. There are so many great resources for sleep out there. In fact, SleepIO is a great place to start if you’re wondering if you’re actuially getting a good night’s sleep.
Hopefully this was a little helpful. Feel free to leave some comments in the comment section below or visit the Make Your Body Work website for even more information. Here’s a nice little youtube video to wrap things up nicely: