Sleep for a long time had become a stranger to me. I grew up learning in school how “important” it was and yet the “cool” thing to do was to not “sleep” at sleepovers. It was cool to not sleep and be out partying but then drink tons of coffee to get through a morning of college classes. It was cool to stay up all hours of the night binging the hottest show on Netflix. Somewhere along the way me and sleep were not mixing together. I would have no problem falling asleep but the staying asleep was my hang up.
I would have such bad insomnia, or bathroom trips, or glass of water trips or switch positions so many times my bed would look like a tsunami hit it in the morning. Sometimes if I was really fancy I would sleep shop.. yup it’s a thing. Kind of like how in Step Brothers they would sleep walk and stick pillows in ovens, I would online sleep walk and stick clothes in shopping carts.
When what you see is what you lack-
I needed sleep, you really do not realize what you have until it’s gone. Sleep bleeds into so many aspects of our everyday life and when we have a lack of it there are so many consequences! When we do not get enough sleep not only does it make us feel “tired” but we can; have foggy memory, mood changes, weakened immunity, risk for diabetes, low sex drive, trouble with concentration, high blood pressure, weight gain, risk of heart disease, poor balance, and of course looking like a haggard zombie who aged 50 years.
Hello from the other side-
I added POOSH x Vital Proteins Pink Moon Milk collagen drink to my night time routine and my life changed. To be able to sleep at night, was a huge shift for me. I had been functioning running on an empty tank for so long, I did not realize how amazing I could feel and what my days could truly consist of! I attest Kourtney Kardashian’s product to my success and hers is different than the rest.
It’s the M&M’s and I am not talking about the candy. Her drink has melatonin and magnesium and those are so helpful in calming the body and preparing for a nice rest. I drink one scoop mixed in hot water and I am sleeping within 20 minutes.
Sleep tips and tricks-
Pink Moon Milk may not be everyone’s cup of tea (pun intended). So here are some other tips to help promote great sleep.
- Consistency is key!! Practice regular sleep rhythms our bodies love routine! Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
- Try to keep all technology outside the bedroom, you do not want too much stimulation around bed time.
- Create an aesthetic environment in your bedroom that encourages sleep. Make your room feel like a spa, keep it serene, restful colors, and no clutter. Maybe even try taking out any family photos
- Blackout- not from drinking ten shots. Create total darkness and quiet, maybe even consider eyeshades and earplugs.
- Avoid caffeine or reduce it after noon, it can make sleep and restless worse.
- Avoid alcohol, yes it can help knock us out but it makes that sleep interrupted and of poor quality.
- Here comes the sun- get regular exposure to daylight for at least 20 minutes daily. The light from the sun enters your eyes and triggers your brain to release specific chemicals and hormones like melatonin that are vital to healthy sleep, mood and aging!
- No midnight munchies! Eat no later than two hours before bed. Eating a heavy meal prior to bed will lead to a bad night’s sleep and will impede the body’s overnight detoxification process.
- Write your worries down. During your power down hour journal it ! Write down what is causing your anxiety. Make plans for what you can do the next day to reduce your worry. It will free up your mind and energy to move into deep and restful sleep.
- Burnin up. Take a hot salt or aromatherapy bath. Raising your body temperature before bed helps to induce sleep. A hot bath relaxes muscles and reduces physical and psychic tension. Add 1/2 cup-1 cup Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) and 1/2- 1 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to your bath for an alkaline-balancing sleep inducing effect.
- Get a massage, stretch or have good sex before bed. Yes for most people the stretching is the most realistic consistent option but all three are good!
- Warm your tummy with a hot water bottle, which raises your core temperature and helps trigger the proper chemistry for sleep.
- Avoid medications that interfere with sleep. These include sedatives (used to treat insomnia, but ultimately lead to dependence and disruption of normal sleep rhythms ) antihistamines, stimulants, cold meds, steroids, headache medication containing caffeine.
- Take relaxing minerals such as magnesium and calcium. (POOSH) Thanks Kourt!
- Listen to relaxing music, white noise or ocean sounds to help you sleep!
Sweet Dreams 🙂