YOGA & TIPS ON GETTING A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP

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Getting a good night’s sleep is paramount for both our physical and mental health. Sleep, diet and exercise are the 3 main factors for all systems in the body and the more we become aware, the more we see that everything is interlinked.

Ever noticed that a poor night’s sleep has an effect on your food choices the next day? Maybe reaching for quick energy fixes from sugary foods or an extra coffee. Maybe you feel a little more anxious or overwhelmed more easily when tired and these increased stress levels negatively effect the digestive, cardiovascular and nervous systems. This can often heighten and flare up conditions, such as bloating, asthma, depression etc.

So yeah, sleep is biggie!

I’ve put together a little list of things that genuinely help me to get a good night’s sleep, I hope one or two of them help you too!

  • Write it down. If you feel restless and your mind just won’t switch off, grab a notebook and start writing. It might be thoughts, like a diary-style entry, a to-do list for tomorrow, things you need to remember for example. Whatever it is, get it down in writing, the physical action of getting it out of the mind can really help!

  • Check the lighting situation. Try to make your room as dark as possible, making sure the curtains are fully drawn and turning off any little lights. Even a small standby or clock light can have an effect on your sleep.

  • Practise yoga. I’ve devised this short yoga sequence to help ease tension and unwind, ready for bed. I would recommend doing this on a mat, then making your way to bed afterwards. Check it out HERE.

  • Get cosy and comfortable. According to studies sleeping in a cooler room initiates sleep, as the body naturally cools down when asleep. So speeding up this cool down process can help you drift off quicker and enter a deeper sleep. Although, feeling chilly and uncomfortable is probably going to hinder that, so make sure your pjs are soft and loose fitting, as well as your pillows and blankets. I find getting rid of any extra pillows and layers helps bedtime feel less ‘cluttered’.

  • Drink a warm tea. My Sleepy Tea has a blend of chamomile, valerian root and lemon balm to name a few ingredients, which increase levels and activity of GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid), a key neurotransmitter in your brain. This allows you to fall asleep faster, and leads to deeper and higher quality sleep. My Sleepy Tea is loose leaf and I love the process of preparing it. It’s become a bedtime ritual now, so my mind and body kind of know to prepare for sleep. You can get 15% off at My Sleepy tea with discount code HELEN at the checkout.

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I hope you found these tips helpful and if you have any of your own, please share in the comments below.

Night night :) x