What’s the last thing you do at night before going to sleep? If you’re answer involves something like Facebook, Candy Crush, or House of Cards (in other words, the use of any kind of electronic device) your before bed habits might be in need of a makeover.
You take care of your wellbeing by exercising and eating right, but until you consider the important role that sleep plays in your overall health, you’re missing a huge part of the picture. When you’re asleep your mind may be off in dreamland, but according to the National Sleep Foundation, the rest of your body is hard at work repairing muscles, growing tissues, and releasing important hormones that help control your appetite.
When you sleep enough to allow your systems to complete all these processes, you wake up feeling refreshed and well rested. If you don’t, well … We’ve all experienced the unpleasant side effects of missing out on our much needed beauty rest.
Plus, as mentioned above, getting enough nightly rest on a consistent basis also helps regulate your appetite by balancing ghrelin and leptin levels, two hormones that affect our feelings of hunger and fullness. Many people fail to recognize that sleep has a significant effect on weight maintenance.
Of course, just like trying to make a habit out of exercising and eating well, getting to bed on time every night can be quite a challenge. And even if you do manage to hit the sack at a decent hour, you might find that falling asleep isn’t always as easy as placing your head on the pillow.
Luckily, you can increase the amount of sleep you get each night by creating a bed time routine that will help you drift into dreamland without a struggle. The following before bed habits will have you relaxed and ready to rest when bedtime roles around so that you can wake up feeling like Ferris Bueller on his day off.