Yes, this is about the 8 hours we are in bed! Think about this for a minute. Inevitably, we spend roughly one-third’s of our lives performing an activity where we seemingly do nothing. But we all know if we skimp on sleep, doing much of anything the next day is not very pleasant. That’s because when we do nothing, the body gets to work. And it works hard! This is when cell repair and rejuvenation are happening for every single system in the body to keep you physically and mentally fit. So it is very apt to say that this is a fitness routine that’s part of everyone’s life. Whether or not we do much else to make sure we stay in top health, hopefully, we are all in bed for 7-8 hours. So how do we tap into this and get the most out of it? To find out, read on…
Sleep is the foundation on which the fort of good health is built! In this post, I’ll share some techniques proven and backed by science to help us achieve that superior sleep quality. Before we proceed, take a look at what the body is doing when asleep.
As the body cycles through different stages of sleep and switches between non REM and REM sleep –
It produces Human Growth Hormone(HGH) responsible for stimulating growth in children and regulating aspects of heart health, metabolism, and muscle and bone growth in adults.
It allows recovery enabling healthier mental performance and brain adaptability to absorb and retain new information.
It boosts immune function and conducts robust repair processes for your endocrine system, nervous system, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal system.
With that background, how do we make the most of it? It begins with really making this a priority when awake. Trust me, all it needs is tapping into whatever power we have in our wakeful state to make sure the sleep state is super recharging! Once asleep, there’s little to nothing we can do.
So here rituals come to help. And I’m not implying just a bedtime ritual. Sure, that’s great! But that’s the last thing we tap into. Let us zoom out a little bit and break this down into three segments.
What can we do during the day so that our nights are restful?
What can we do in the last couple of hours leading up to bedtime?
What can we do just as we hit the bed?
Daytime opportunities –
Evening time opportunities –
4. Teas- evening teas are great! Most of these contain calming herbs like Chamomile, Lavender, etc. that help us relax. These are caffeine-free and available in intermittent fasting-friendly formats (be sure to double-check that when buying). On that note, it’s important to mention that if you consume caffeine in any form, you want to keep that separated from your bedtime.
Bedtime opportunities –
It’s wisely said ‘Sleep is of the brain, by the brain, and for the brain and the body! Sleep tight tonight ❤️!