Did you know that May is Better Sleep Month? Of course you didn’t! If you’re anything like us you are working on your empire and have convinced yourself that “Sleep is the cousin of death” (Thank You NaS). This couldn’t be further from the truth. Skimping on your necessary eight hours (Yes, adults need eight hours, too) can lead to weight gain, diabetes and a decrease in your ability to learn new things.
Sleep, exercise and nutrition are the cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle, but of them all sleep is the easiest to fix. So here are few tips to ensure you are more Sleeping Beauty and less Cruella Deville.
1. Turn Down the Thermostat from H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks: With the temperatures up and down there will be times you feel cold and run to turn up the thermostat, but anything over 60 degrees will lead to sleepless nights. A room that is too hot will lead to dry mouth, skin and lips. Extra Tip: If you must turn up the heat, take a small amount of Vaseline and place on your teeth, this will keep your lips from drying out.
2. Leave the Battle Royale for WWE: Tossing and turning is a huge opponent to a healthy sleep pattern. If you’re not getting enough restful sleep you’re at a risk of weight gain, lack of energy, moodiness and increased blood pressure. Try engaging in relaxing yoga poses that will calm your body and your mind before bed.
3. Do a Bedding Check: Aside from being poor support leading to back pain, neck pain old pillows are a breeding ground for dust mites. An increased amount of dust mites can cause allergy symptoms, trigger asthma, and stress your immune and respiratory system. Extra Tip: Change your pillows every few years (or more) and zip them in a allergy cover to help keep dust mites away.
4. Relax Your Jaw: Many people unknowingly grind their teeth during a nights sleep, leading to tension headaches, jaw pain, and damage to your teeth. The biggest cause of this is usually stress. To reduce your stress before bed do your best to unplug from the world a half hour before retiring. If you must sleep with your TV on set it to go off so the noise does not interrupt your REM sleep.
5. Address Your Chronic Conditions: During the spring a lot of people suffer from allergies, dry throat, itchy eyes and cough. A lot of sites recommend sucking on a cough drop to coat your throat, but that added sugar might not be a good idea. There are natural ways to combat these issues like using a warm mist humidifier to steam your face and applying eucalyptus oil to a cold cloth for your face. These will save you from your allergies and keep your teeth in good condition.
Bonus Tip: Limit the amount of alcohol you drink right before you go to bed. This will keep you from waking up during the night once the effects of the alcohol have worn off.