Here are some tips for preparing your body to get into the natural sleep cycle rhythm:
Have a hot shower 30 minutes before bed to invoke ‘rapid cooling’ (your body temperature needs to drop 1 degree to get to sleep).
Sunlight is important in the sleep cycle process. Get 15-20 minutes of sun exposure each day to maintain the balance of your circadian rhythm.
Reduce the lighting in your house from 8pm onwards; if you can’t dim your lights, try lighting candles instead to create a smaller amount of light.
Avoid technology. Taking on problems from a text or an email will stress you out and the Electromagnetic frequency will encourage your fight or flight system to switch on - making it harder to stay asleep.
Hot tip: Keeping a consistent bedtime and wake time are key to good sleep, due to predictable daily rhythms.
Consequence of poor sleep: Athletic and muscular performance can drop by over 20%.
Did you know: You require sleep to turn information throughout the day into long term memories. Poor sleep, poor memory.