It’s time to get serious about sleep

Us women are guilty of putting everything before ourselves.

In between meeting deadlines, raising children, catching up with friends and exercising, many of us struggle to find the time for basic self care, let alone a good night’s sleep.

However, we’ve spoken to lots of successful women recently, and many say sleep (and plenty of it) is a huge game changer. Basically, it’s time to rethink your priorities.

Working hard and juggling life and family to the detriment of sleep ultimately works against you,”  says Rachael Scharrer, entrepreneur and founder of Divorce Answered. “Sleep has a number of benefits from health and healing, stress reduction, improved memory and productivity. I aim for 7.5 to 8 hours each night.”

This isn’t just popular opinion though — scientists have long spoken of the health improvements, both physical and mental, that come from a good snooze.

Unfortunately, achieving blissful sleep isn’t always as easy as switching your light off half an hour earlier.

Forget tossing and turning, these sleep hacks will help you get some serious shut-eye.

Banish your iPhone

Put away all electronic devices an hour before bedtime. Staring at bright screens just before bed communicates to our brains that we want to stay awake.

This stimulation makes it difficult to switch off — and usually results in a few frustrating hours spent counting sheep.

Write it down

They say you shouldn’t go to sleep mid-argument. Hitting the hay when you have major thoughts on the brain is likely to result in a restless 8 hours.

Clear your head by writing thoughts down in a journal — the problems may not go away, but you will gain perspective and at the very least, get a good night’s sleep. Things often look better in the morning.

Limit your coffee intake

Your last Flat White of the day should come no later than 2.00pm.

Any major caffeine hits after the early-afternoon mark is likely to come back to bite you at bedtime.

Take sleep hygiene seriously

Make your bed; invest in some calming essential oils to smell; keep your room dark and quiet; consider downloading soothing ocean sounds — all these little things can make a huge difference in the quality of your sleep, especially if you stick at them long enough to develop an evening ritual.

Adopt some gentle yoga poses

Yoga is a great way to signal to the body that it’s time for sleep.

Forward folding poses, belly-down positions and gentle twists are great for stretching out the muscles and calming the mind before bedtime — helping to fall asleep sleep quickly and maintain a deep, peaceful sleep throughout the night.

 

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