Start to get those zzzz’s
Did you know that one of the best things you can do for your weight loss goals is nothing at all? I’m serious! Sleep is totally key if you’re going to look and feel your best. Tons of studies have linked getting at least 7 hours of quality sleep a night to maintaining a healthy weight. Think about it. It’s way easier to pass on that donut when you’re well-rested than when you’re tired and grumpy!
Not getting enough sleep messes up your hunger hormones, decreases your food judgment, and even slows down your metabolism. Basically not enough sleep throws everything off!
Okay, so, it’s all well and good to know you need sleep, but it’s a totally separate issue to actually get it. If you’re counting sheep for hours on end, I’ve got good news. There are some scientifically backed things you can do to make it easier to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling 100 percent! I’ve added all of these to my routine for better sleep and it helps so much!
Top tips for super sleep:
Get on a schedule.
Did you know your body has a built-in mechanism specifically designed to help you sleep great? It’s your circadian rhythm — and getting it in sync makes it easier to fall asleep, sleep through the night, and wake up without wanting to hit snooze a hundred times. The trick to syncing is- getting on a schedule.
It’s simple: go to bed and get up at the same time every day. (Yep, even on weekends.) I know it might sound tricky but if sleep is elusive for you, this is a GAME CHANGER.
Before you can power down your brain, you need to power down your digital life. The screens on our phones, tablets, and TVs give off blue light that stimulates our brain, keeping us awake. And yeah, sure, your iPhone might have Night Shift (which you should def be using), but it’s still a poor habit to scroll through Insta while you lay in bed.
Make time for yourself to unwind each night. Turn off screens an hour before you go to bed. Try using this time for self-care, like dousing your body in essential oils ?and doing some amazing neck and shoulder stretches!
Stick to your workouts.
I’m serious! There are a ton of studies that link regular exercise to better sleep. And I’ve even got a new spring night routine to get you moving if you wait until the end of the day (or just prefer an evening workout).
Make your room a zen den.
Make sure your room is a sleep sanctuary when you’re trying to fall asleep.
First, bring down the temp in your room. It’s believed that around 68 degrees is the ideal temp to promote better sleep.
Then, invest in blackout curtains or a sleep mask. Your body can feel light, sounds weird, but true, so black it all out.
If noisy neighbors are an issue, invest in a good sound machine to drown out their noise and take you away to that relaxing tropical rainforest.
Last, but definitely not least, grab some extra pillows or a mattress topper to make it extra cozy. Seriously, you spend a third of your day in bed, so it’s sooo worth getting it set up to work for you.
The night is a super key time for your body goals. And I want to help you make the most of it! Pair these tips with my new spring night routine to have an awesome evening so you can start each day feeling amazing!!