A good night of sleep can give an instant energy boost, but a consistent snooze is where the real health benefits kick in.
Sleep is a vital part of every person’s overall health and well-being – right up there with regular exercise and eating a balanced diet. Adequate sleep can support your immune system, not to mention benefit your heart, weight, mind and more.
Yet, when our daily routines are forced off track, catching zzz’s can be nothing but a dream. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 35% of adults don’t get enough sleep.
But don’t worry. You’re not doomed to toss and turn all night. Make sleep a top priority and try some of these snooze-inducing tips to get back to a healthy place.
Stick to a sleep schedule
Find a schedule that works for you and try to stick to the routine of going to bed and getting up each day – weekends too! Consistency reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycles, helping it know what to expect and when.
Part of that routine can include a soothing nightly skincare routine, winding down with reading or music, and a natural sleep supplement, like Nutrilite™ Sleep Health, to help you relax so you can fall asleep*.
In the morning, wake up when your body feels rested and resist the urge to linger in bed. Before long, these easy routines will help your body sleep like clockwork.
Be a daytime doer
The daytime slump is real but save your zzz’s for a more restful sleep at bedtime. Instead of long naps, stay active during the day.
Tackle your daily exercise, go for a walk or adventure on a trail to keep your energy up. According to the CDC, 30 minutes of activity a day not only improves sleep but makes a meaningful difference for your mental and physical health.
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Say ‘see ya’ to stress
Occasional stress can be the thing that keeps you up at night, but restful sleep can help regulate your emotional stability and decrease anxiety.
Wrap your mind around rest with the help of lavender, a natural herb that helps create a calming effect. At bedtime, grab lavender essential oil, such as n* by Nutrilite™ Sweet Dreams – Sleep Topical Essential Oil Blend, or a lavender balm, like Artistry Studio™ Essential Oil On-the-Go Calm Balm. Apply to your pulse points, including the insides of your wrists, behind your ears and at your temples.
Worries still on your mind? Keep a notepad near your bed to get nagging thoughts out of your head and down on paper. Revisit the next day to organize, prioritize and delegate.
Close the kitchen for evening hours
A big dinner, late night snack, evening cocktail and even one too many cups of tea can all affect how soundly you sleep.
Pay attention to what you eat and drink within a few hours of bedtime. Focus on being satisfied – not overly hungry or stuffed – so you don’t wake up feeling uncomfortable.
Also, avoid stimulants, like nicotine and caffeine, which can keep your eyes from closing. And although alcohol might make you drowsy initially, it can disrupt sleep later in the night.
Create a sense of calm
Just like your light switch, shut off your brain at night with calming activities. Clear your mind and promote better sleep using relaxation techniques, like meditation and breathing exercises or a warm bath, shower or foot bath.
Pair it up with your favorite Artistry Signature Select™ Mask to give your skin some downtime, too.
Start implementing these tips and you’ll be better rested in no time. You can check out more blogs about sleep at Amway Connections. And to learn more about the products mentioned here, visit Amway.com or Amway.ca.