New You New Years: Getting Enough Sleep

pinterstnewyearsNew You New Years Week 5: Getting Your Beauty Rest

Recap from the past 4 weeks:

Be aware of what you are eating.

Increase your Water

Include Healthy Fats in You diet

and Eat at Home

Are You Sleeping Enough?

This week we are going to focus on the importance of sleeping enough.

The CDC reports that insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic.  Lack of sleep is affecting our ability to concentrate, remember important information, negatively affecting hobbies, driving, taking care of money, and work. 

When we don’t allow ourselves to rest, we are actually hurting ourselves more than we realize. Beyond reduced learning and memory ability, lack of sleep is linked to increased weight gain by slowing our metabolism, increased hypertension, and increases our risk for disease.  

What keeps you up at night? 

If you are like me, you battle sometimes with insomnia. For me it is really bad during pregnancy due to a deficiency in magnesium. When this is the cause, it is an easy fix. I was able to supplement using a homemade magnesium oil that I could rub into my skin right before bed. Now, I have a 6 month old that is waking me up through the night. Magnesium oil could also work for babies too if they are waking up due to restlessness and not hunger. You could also try an epsom salt bath right before bed. 

Turning off the electronics early during the evening can also help you wind down and give your eyes and brain a cue that it is time for bed. Watching TV at night or reading your phone or kindle can trick your brain into thinking it is still day light and will prevent you from going to sleep as easily. Also, sleeping in a pitch black room will help you sleep (I sleep with an eye mask). This encourages the brain to release melatonin and help you fall asleep. 

Try going to bed earlier this week and see how it affects the rest of your day. Everyone is different as to how much sleep they need. Right now I am going to bed between 10 and 11pm, waking up about 2 times during the night with my 6 month old and waking up for the day between 7-8 am feeling rested. 

How much sleep do you get? What are you tips for getting a full night’s rest?

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the New You New Year’s Challenges so far! 

Check out my Apple Night-Night Gummies Recipe for your kids.

Check out my new calming hot chocolate recipe:

Sugar Free, magnesium, cocoa powder, chamomile

 

 

 

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My name is Angela. I have been married for almost 10 years and have two little girls. I’m a speech therapist by trade. I am passionate about healing through nutrition, natural medicines, cooking with whole foods, and natural parenting. I strive to honor God with everything I do.
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  1. I’ve been trying to get better about sleeping more these days and getting QUALITY rest. Granted, it doesn’t always work out, but I’ve found that since I started increasing my running mileage, I’m sleeping a LOT more sounder. I’ve also noticed that turning off the television helps immensely, too!

    Thanks for sharing these tips!

    • Yes! I need to follow the tip of turning off electronics an hour before going to sleep. I have heard about some glasses to wear to help your eyes adjust to electronic’s blue light, but I haven’t used them. Thanks for reading!

  2. […] For a healthy metabolism, you need to rest. Listen to your body and go to bed when you are tired. Also, try to sleep in and wake up naturally as much as possible. At first you may need more sleep to rest your body. As your body starts to heal, you may need more like 8 hours of sleep. (This is something that I am trying to work on, but is hard with a baby who isn’t sleeping through the night). […]