A good night’s sleep is key to achieving all the goals you set out to achieve for yourself. It’s a time set aside for your body and mind to process everything that goes on during the day, so that you can wake up the next day feeling fresh.
One of Bodyism’s four pillars of health, sleep is the foundation on which your health is built. It’s the best medicine you can give your mind, body and soul. A good night’s sleep can enable brain development, metabolism of fat, appetite regulation, and increased creativity whereas a lack of sleep can cause anything from skin problems to weight gain and a fragile immunity.
If you feel like you’re doing everything right but not seeing any results, you might want to begin looking at your sleep routines. At Bodyism, we love this analogy from James Duigan’s book Blueprint for Health:
“If you’re exercising intelligently and eating nourishing foods but not sleeping well, it’s like having lots of fuel in your car with a flat tyre.”
Sleep is the time when our body does most of its physical restoration as well as when we break down fat and metabolise all of the things that need to be dealt with. At Bodyism, we believe you can achieve a restful night’s sleep by following 3 simple steps.
Your Nighttime Routine for Better Sleep
1 LOWER DIGITAL DEMANDS
It’s no secret that we are always switched on. Something we encourage our clients to do is rather than go to bed with their phone, leave it charging in a separate room. It helps avoid digital distraction aka ‘insta-scrolling’ before bed. This allows your mind to appropriately settle before sleep. There’s a growing trend of people moving back to analogue alarm clocks and we couldn’t agree more. To be clear, for your health – technology and your sleep need to be separated from each other.
2 LIMIT CAFFEINE INTAKE AFTER 2 PM
This might seem like a no-brainer. But not having an afternoon tea or coffee might be harder than you think. Switch your afternoon cuppa to a caffeine free herbal tea or water after with lemon and fruits to help avoid excess caffeine in your system.
3 MAKE IT A RITUAL
It’s all about creating a routine, a familiar ritual that your body and brain recognise so it can start to truly unwind and prepare for a wonderful nights sleep. If you can create a ritual you can stick to, you will be sleeping like a baby (minus the crying) in no time. We mean the kind of sleep where you have an angelic smile across your mouth. We encourage our clients to incorporate a Serenity shake nto their evening beauty regime to help prepare for a restful night’s sleep. Sip on this nourishing smoothie whilst removing your makeup and moisturising before bed. Not only is is super tasty but it’s filled with nourishing herbs and superfoods such as chamomile, magnesium and rosemary to help calm you down.