Have you been tossing and turning during the night? Do you experience late-night indigestion?
How can you stay laser-focused on your personal and professional goals when you’re too tired to think?
According to sleepfoundation.org, “Strong sleep hygiene means having both a bedroom environment and daily routines that promote consistent, uninterrupted sleep.”
I periodically revisit the topic of sleep hygiene and offer drugless solutions so you feel refreshed to be your best. And today, I’d like to share something that you may not have considered.
If you get to bed at a reasonable hour but still have difficulty sleeping soundly through the night, your dinner may be the culprit. Let’s take a close look at the time and contents of your evening meal…
Time of last meal…
When do you go to bed? If you retire at say, 10, make sure you allow time for your food to digest before hitting the sack. Eat your last meal three hours before bedtime. And if you need a little something right before you say goodnight, enjoy a hot cup of your favorite herbal tea.
Contents of last meal…
What’s on your dinner plate? Most likely, you’re less active at night, right? So eat less for dinner than your other daytime meals. Avoid large servings of starchy foods like bread, rice, pasta and potatoes, and reduce your portions of meat. And if you must consume caffeine, do so early in the day. Caffeine, a stimulant, can keep you from counting your sheep. And since chocolate contains caffeine, don’t invite it to a late-night bite.
Sleep is essential for our mental and physical well-being, as well as our overall quality of life. Get your required hours so you can be quick for those riveting pivots.
While we discussed your evening meal in this post, you may want to look at your choices for breakfast and lunch. Consuming well-balanced, wholesome meals will not only facilitate sweet slumber but also support your wellness goals.
Four Steps to Nourish, Transform and Flourish
• Today, set a loving intention to adjust the time and content of your evening meal.
• Begin by taking your last bite a few hours before bedtime and eliminating the heavy weight from your plate.
• How will committing to good sleep hygiene help you catch your Zs and arise in the morning feeling refreshed?
• Close your eyes and visualize how this lifestyle change can prepare you for your amazing second half.
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In love, peace and health--
Your feminine glow guide,
T. Kari Mitchell, M.Ed.
Certified Holistic Health Coach
When your spirit is nourished, your inner light produces an outer glow reflecting your beauty and truth.