Sleep unfortunately isn’t a one size fits all remedy.
What work’ for me may not work for you but luckily there are A TON of different things you can do to improve your sleep.
I’ve been working on my sleep for over 10 years. Different ‘seasons’ of my life have made things better or worse.
One thing I wish I knew years ago was all the different tools there are available to help improve sleep. Combining 2-3 (or more) of these practices can drastically make a difference!
- Consistency! Same bed time, same wakeup time, exact same supplement protocol and timing. Nothing works overnight but being consistent with these things for a period of time is what breads results.
- Trying different types of Magnesium (Bis-Glycinate, L-Threonate, L-Theanine), Inositol, and different herbs (chamomile, passionflower, lemon balm, valerian roots). Finding out exactly which brain neurotransmitter you are deficient in can help determine which combination of ingredients is best for you.
- The power of Journaling. Emptying your mind before you sleep. Being grateful everyday, even for the small things. Asking questions and putting things into the universe to figure out. All works like magic and can allow you to sleep deeper without all the racing thoughts.
- Meditation, prayer and/or spiritual practices. All play a part in grounding you, allowing you to be more present and less stressed. It takes you out of ‘fight or flight’ and calms your nervous system so you can rest and digest.
- Healthy, functioning detoxification pathways. The better your liver is working, the less chemicals in your body and the more garbage your body can eliminate, the better. Waking up between 1-3am is a sign your liver needs help. Optimize your liver function and clean out the toxins in your body and your sleep will improve.
- Removing electronics and wifi signals from the bedroom. The less EMF exposure you have around your head during the night, the calmer your mind and body will be.
- Sleep in a bat cave. The darker and more cool your sleeping environment is, the better you will sleep. Even the smallest amount of light can halt natural melatonin production which we need to fall asleep.
I honestly wish I knew all of this years ago. And how a combination of all this equals great sleep.
If I knew ways to improve my sleep sooner and the significance of it. I wouldn’t have had nearly as much anxiety, less digestive and skin issues and not nearly as many prolonged injuries from working out.
Sleep plays a vital role in your overall health and well being. We recover, lose weight and recharge during sleep. Without this illness is inevitable.
How would you score your sleep out of 10?
And what can you do to improve it?