We live busy lives, and although it’s easy to get sidetracked, we need to practice healthy habits to improve our wellbeing. If you’re one of the many people who wakes up in the morning groggy, sluggish, and still tired, you may want to make a few changes to your nighttime routine.
One of the most important things that you can do to wake up healthier and more energized is get a good night’s sleep. “Sleep is the most underrated piece of the good health and mental wellbeing pie. Getting good quality sleep will help promote healthy levels of leptin which help control appetite, hunger levels and feelings of satiety and levels of willpower come 3:30 p.m.,” says Anna Block, fitness expert and Managing Director at BlockFIT. “Prioritize a healthy bedtime routine each night at a consistent time with no screen-time past 8pm. This will enhance the quality of sleep you do get and make you a lot happier, productive and positive the next day.”
The foods that you eat also have a huge impact on your overall health. For instance, avoid eating or drinking anything with dairy in it before bed. “Dairy feeds bad gut bacteria which leads to a risk of food intolerances, gas and bloating, and increases acidity,” says Kathy Ashton, nutritional medicine practitioner. Some foods that help you sleep best include almonds, lentils, and herbal tea.