• sleep on it

    Probably one of my favourite things to do is sleep. If you’ve ever gone through insomnia to any extent, you cherish it as much as I do. Sleeping is when your body gets a chance to heal itself, calm itself down from a fast paced life ….and dream! Who doesn’t like to dream?!

    Now, there are a lot of things that alter sleep, including what you eat, believe it or not. Aside from what you eat, there are some key tips and tricks to sleeping.

    Did you know that your cortisol is at its all-time high in the morning, slowly depletes throughout the day and should be at its all time low before bedtime? This is why you get sleepy. Around 3:00 am, your cortisol gets the signal to slowly turn back on so that you wake up for the day. This is how your body SHOULD work.

    There are five stages of sleep, which eventually get deeper and deeper and lead you into REM sleep. It takes a few hours to get you there, but REM sleep is the highest quality and the one that makes you feel most rested when you wake up. Here’s how I want you to think about it, when you go to bed after midnight, you don’t give your body a chance to slip into each sleep stage. In conclusion, you never get to reach REM or you do, but not for a very long time. Meaning you wake up yawning and feeling like crap!

    Imagine waking up on your own (no alarm to snooze), feeling well rested and ready to kick ass? Its possible! I’m going to give you a few tips that I personally use:

    1. Go to bed between 10-10:30pm every night. When you create a nice routine for your body, everything works better…more efficiently. You allow yourself time to relax before falling asleep and give yourself the chance to enter all five stages.
    2. Take magnesium before bed. Magnesium is something that all of our diets are deficient in because of the quality of soil our foods are grown in now. Magnesium assists in relaxing our muscles and feeds our adrenals to help take us out of fight or flight mode.
    3. Breathe. How easy is that? Deep breaths in and out create a meditative state for our minds. Clearing our thoughts allows us to mentally relax.
    4. Use a sleep induction mat. The best $50 I ever spent was on this sleep induction mat. It has similar benefits as acupuncture. Hits on all the points of your back and shoulders to create the ultimate relaxation. In turn, you fall asleep quicker and deeper. I don’t go anywhere without it. Ask my Bulletproof Coach housemates 😀

    These are a few of my favourite sleep hacks! Not everything is going to work for you but it doesn’t hurt to give it a try… play around with your sleep routine until you find your fave things.

    Oh, the beauty of bio-hacking!



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