Sleep – it’s the unsung hero when it comes to your great health, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Honestly, if you’re exhausted after a late night, it’s much better to sleep in than get up super duper early and run.
Medical experts say we all want to aim for eight hours per night and that every hour before midnight is the equivalent to two hours after, so the earlier you get yourself off to bed, the better.
If you’re struggling to get to sleep (and all of us do at times) here are a few things that might help:
Lola’s Expert Tips
- Lavender drops on your pillow will – will help you feel calm and relaxed.
- Drinking oat tea and even bathing in oats – will help to settle the nervous system.
- Sleep in a little – especially in the winter months; your body needs it.
- Go tech free for an hour before bed – I know that sounds hard (bedtime’s perfect for scrolling through Instagram) but it makes a huge difference; the light that your phone gives off tells the brain it’s time to wake up, so it really can muck with you trying to nod off.
- Make a little ritual before you got to bed – like a hot shower or popping a candle on, or having a good book close by. Then you will get used to winding down.
- Write a list for the next day – this is great if you find you overthink all of the things you need to get done. Once you’ve written the list, you can put it to bed until you wake up fresh the next morning.
- Try meditating – even just for five minutes before you hop into bed. It helps to calm the mind and place you in a more relaxed state.
- Say a positive affirmation to yourself before you fall asleep – something like “you are beautiful” is ideal. Give yourself a positive bit of love; we don’t do it enough, but it’s really powerful.