Are you rolling around your bed night after night, unable to fall asleep or stay asleep? If this sounds familiar, you NEED to read this!
Our hectic work and personal lives leave many of us feeling rushed and overworked. From the moment we get up, to the end of the day, when we are putting dinner on the table and getting the kids to bed, we are running a marathon. Once we reach bedtime, many of us are exhausted, yet unable to fall asleep.One reason why this is happening…
Over-stimulation. Television, bright lights, computers and adrenalin from rushing and being busy prevent the body from being able to settle down and prepare for sleep. These routines of being constantly busy until the moment we go to bed create hormonal imbalance. Melatonin, the hormone responsible for our sleep-wake cycles, can easily be disrupted by these factors.Try this: Despite our hectic lives, it is still extremely important to find peace and quiet throughout the day and at the very least during the evening hours before we try to go to sleep. Warm showers, calming herbal teas that contain ingredients like lemon balm and passionflower, as well as simply reading a book, are all easy things you can do to help calm the system and prepare for bed. Also, turn the lights down in the house. This simple step reduces the stimulating effects of bright overhead lights and allows your body to start producing the right hormones to help with sleep.
Scenario #2: Falling asleep BUT waking through the night
One reason why this happens…
With all of the rushing, we often make poor food choices due to convenience, or snack at night because we didn’t eat enough during the day. This often leads to imbalanced blood sugars. The highs and lows created by this imbalance prevent deep sleep. Bouncing blood sugars can wake us then give us opportunity to start thinking. As many can attest, once you are awake, life’s little (or big) worries will keep you up for hours.
Try this: Clean up your diet, reducing the amount of processed sugars and white flours that enter your diet. In doing so, you reduce the tendency for your blood sugars to bounce and wake you up in the middle of the night. If you do wake, considering keeping a to-do list beside your bed. Write down all that is on your mind and give yourself permission to deal with those issues in the morning. This will ease your mind and allow you to fall back asleep sooner rather than later. It really works!
Not getting enough sleep or having interrupted sleep can signal the body to store fat! If you are struggling to lose body fat, consider sleep as a culprit in this.