We all need it. Many of us don’t get enough of it. And, at times, it seems to allude us completely – but sleep is basically the single most important thing in our lives. Without it, it doesn’t matter how well you eat, how much exercise you get or how successful you are, you will suffer. So in aid of helping you to sleep better – and more often – here are our top tips:
- Turn off all your technology an hour before bedtime. The blue lights radiated from your iPhone and laptops stimulate your mind, so no more checking Facebook and emails whilst in bed!
- Reduce stimulating foods. Brown Paper Bag Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill (www.thebrownpaperbag.com.au) says to cut the coffee, tea, chocolate and sugary desserts, as well as heavy meals rich in animal fats or anything highly processed. “Foods such as pepitas, sesame seeds, peanuts, lentils, oats and fish rich in nourishing fats such as salmon and trout are high in tryptophan, an essential amino acid for quality rest as it polays an imperative role in the production of melatonin – our key hormone for sleep,” says Jacqueline. “After evening meals, aiim to avoid sugar laden treats and head for the warming pot of herbal tea instead.”
- Get your beauty sleep. Taking Qsilica Beauty Sleep Tablets 30 minutes before bed will calm your muscles and mind thanks to the natural ingredients, inc. valerian root, tart cherry and hops. Use alongside Qsilica Beauty Sleep Night Cream on your face and neck as a moisture barrier to enhance your skin’s cellular regeneration. (www.qsilica.com.au)
- Keep cool. Bodies sleep better when you’re slightly cool, and we do heat throughout the night so keep pyjamas light and breezy and find bed sheets that works for you – we like linen or high-thread cotton for breathability and texture.
- Create rituals. Read a passage of a book, meditate, do some relaxing yoga or prepare your outfit for the day ahead. No matter what your ritual is, repeating a non-stimulating act before bed every night will put your mind into sleep mode.