Even though the week can feel like an endless stream of preparations, there’s one prep time most of us are missing — sleep prep. Research shows that 67% of Canadians wish they could get a better sleep, but they can’t seem to figure out how. Experts recommend adding a wind-down routine to your schedule to help your brain adjust to sleep mode. Tonight, forget counting sheep and try these five helpful tips for a healthy bedtime routine to get those much-needed z’s.
- Lay out your pjs: Laying out your pyjamas and even your clothes for the next day before you head off to brush your teeth and wash your face plants a seed in your brain that it will soon be time to shut down and recharge.
- Power down technology: It’s all too common — we get in bed and take that one last scroll through Facebook and Instagram, check out one more email. Although you may think this is relaxing, a lit screen from a phone, tablet, computer or television can serve as a brain stimulant, waking you up instead of helping you decompress.
- Avoid evening stimulants: Although everyone responds to stimulants differently, the average person should stop consuming caffeinated products six hours before bed. If you’re having trouble getting to sleep at night, consider drinking less coffee or tea in the late afternoon and evening. Also, try to schedule any vigorous workouts earlier in the day.
- Create a consistent bed time: Having a consistent bedtime and wake-up time is important when trying to get a good night’s sleep. Your body will start to adjust to these set times, making it easier to fall asleep at night and easier to get out of bed in the mornings.
- Try a natural sleep aid: Sometimes we just can’t quite get our bodies to power down. A natural sleep-aid like Dream Water that has key ingredients like melatonin, GABA and 5- HTP can help you to fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up feeing refreshed.
Always speak to your doctor before starting a new health care regimen.
Find more information and healthy sleep tips at www.dreamwatercanada.ca.