Sleep is simple, essential, and straightforward--so why do so many of us get it "wrong?"
As it turns out, simple lifestyle switches for a better sleep might be easier than you think--and they start when the sun is still out. Take a look at today's blog to see our best tips for enjoying a full night's sleep!
Create an environment you love
One of the best ways to achieve a peaceful slumber is to create a bedroom environment you truly feel comfortable in. When you do so, you'll notice that you feel more tranquil and at ease (perfect preludes to a good night's sleep!).
Creating the perfect sleep environment can involve things like switching out your pillows and mattress for newer, firmer varieties; but it can also extend to the look and feel of your space. If your paint color or wallpaper is too "loud" for your preferences, consider a switch. Also, if you have a hard time pulling yourself from bed in the morning, exchanging black-out curtains for lighter, sheerer varieties can help let the sun in and make you feel more awake when it's time to be awake.
Rectify your weekend routine
The weekend offers us a chance to "catch up" on the sleep we missed throughout the week. It seems straightforward enough--but, unfortunately, that method can actually contribute to a not-so-steady sleep schedule throughout the week. That's because sleeping in too late on the weekends makes it that much harder for your system to cope with less "zzz"s every other day, when you have work or other commitments to get to. Try opting for a standard schedule so that you wake up and go to sleep and roughly the same time every day--you might that it's less of a hassle to wake up or fall asleep when you want to!
Switch off before sleeping
The blue, artificial light from computers and smartphones is known to keep you feeling awake when you'd rather be asleep. Instead of catching up on emails/social media/your latest e-book right before bed, power down about an hour before bed so that you have more quality time to unwind.
Few can pass down the allure of a midday power nap--in fact, some of history's most influential figures like Thomas Edison are said to have used such naps to boost productivity! However, when you settle in for such a power nap, make sure that it's a quick one. While quick, 20-minute sessions of shut-eye may help you recharge and refocus your efforts, too often these naps roll into long-term territory (like an hour or more), negating the recharging effects and making you feel sluggish for the remainder of the day.
If you find it too hard to wake up fresh and ready to go after a nap, other means of "recharging" (like taking a walk, enjoying a cool drink or piece of fruit, etc.) might be worth considering as easy pick-me-ups.
Eat for sleep
Finally comes the food! We all feel tired and ready for bed after an extra-large meal, but that's not the only way to swing into a natural sleep schedule. Foods that are rich in magnesium, such as beans, almonds, whole grains, etc. can help to promote sound, uninterrupted sleep (you'll find such ingredients in Peach Valley picks like our Santa Fe Chicken Salad or Protein Packed Avocado Toast!).
We hope that these tips help you recharge and get the most out of your sleep routine. At Peach Valley Café, we'll always be there to help fuel you throughout the next day!
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