In today’s high-octane world, it's no surprise that many of us struggle with sleep. For some, it's challenging to power down after a busy day, and quality sleep suffers. Others simply aren’t aware of their sleep-sabotaging habits.
Whatever the reason, it's vital to address occasional sleep issues ASAP. That’s because, along with nutrition and exercise, good sleep is a pillar of optimum health. Indeed, studies show poor sleep is linked to higher body weight, decreased productivity and diminished focus … and the list goes on.
Are you asking: How do I improve my sleep, or why am I not sleeping well?
Here are five reasons why you may not be getting a great night’s rest and some natural ways to send you to dreamland.
1. You can’t part with your phone
If you're like most men and women, you are tethered to your devices; be it smart phones, tablets, or laptops. But pre-bedtime doom-scrolling or mindlessly scanning social media is not the recipe for good sleep. It turns out constant screen staring can disrupt your natural sleep cycle. Simply put, all that nighttime light throws off your body’s biological clock, AKA the circadian rhythm.
Plus, all light is not equal. – which are great during the day to boost attention and focus – seem to be disruptive at night. So, ditch the devices at least two hours before turning in. And while you're at it, put those devices far from your bedside, or at least turn off notification alerts.
2. Your nightcap is a sleep robber
Sure, an alcoholic drink may help you feel sleepy before bed. But experts warn you to think twice about this habit. According to the , if there’s alcohol in your system when your head hits the pillow, you may not sleep very deeply, or for very long, on and off throughout the night. That’s because as alcohol starts to metabolize, the sedative effect wears off. And do we even have to mention how you may feel the morning after?
If you are going to imbibe, it’s recommended[i] that you do it prior to the last four hours before bedtime. Instead, consider a different pre-bedtime ritual featuring a cup of herbal tea or a relaxing bath.
3. You can’t turn off your brain
Between a demanding workload and that personal must-do tally, it’s a wonder any of us get to sleep! It’s hard to come home from a day of putting out those proverbial fires and stop thinking. You replay the day’s events in your head, wondering “what if” over and over. Sound familiar?
Some experts an exercise called “File it.” Basically, you lay in bed with eyes closed and visualize a table with file folders spread out. Each file has a label regarding each issue that’s gnawing at you. One could be work deadlines, another concern over a loved one, or financial problems. When you have gone through everything, experts say you may feel like there is nothing left to address. Then, voila, your brain can relax!
4. You don’t prioritize sleep
We all do it: burn the candle at both ends. We skip an hour or two of sleep to work, study, socialize, exercise … you name it. Try to kick this habit and treat sleep as a priority.
Additionally, the recommends having a set sleep schedule because it normalizes sleep as an essential part of your day. Aim for a fixed wake-up time, even if it’s the glorious weekend. Fluctuating schedules keep you from getting into the rhythm of consistent, quality sleep.
Speaking of routines, consider adding a quality sleep aid supplement to your bedtime ritual.
5. Consider a sleep supplement
Zenwise® has created Probiotic + Kombucha + Sleep, a multitasking product with ingredients that nourish the gut and promote restful sleep. This no-melatonin-added formula features DE111®, a Reliably Alive™ probiotic and Kombucha (fermented tea) to support gut health. A proprietary Sleep Support Blend of Aquamin® Magnesium, Valerian Root Extract, and Tart Cherry Fruit help you rest easy.
So, why not try a few of the tips outlined above? You've got nothing to lose except an occasional sleepless night or two!
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