Women Need More Sleep Than Men Because Fighting the Patriarchy Is Exhausting.jpeg Before you lay your head down… There is always something to aspire to when it comes to improving our healthy habits, and an easy place to start is by incorporating good-for-you practices before bed. Here, ten things all healthy people do before they hit the pillow. 1.HYDRATE Dehydration causes headaches and fatigue, which is definitely not how you want to wake up to live your best life the next day. Rather than chug water before bed, it's advisable to keep a steady flow throughout the day; however, if you're feeling deficient at bedtime or have consumed alcohol, be sure to get down a glass before you hit the pillow. 2. MEDITATE A fairly recent Harvard study showed that people who practice mindful meditation before bed suffer less from insomnia, fatigue and depression. Contact us for a list of apps to get you started. 3. UNPLUG We all know by now that our devices keep us up at night. Even if you turn the blue light off at night, it's hard to resist the temptation to return texts, peruse Instagram or otherwise delve deep into digital if your phone is still on at night. Switch on do not disturb 30 minutes before bedtime and let your mind detox from the days text-athons 4. GO TO BED EARLIER Though the amount of sleep each person requires varies, there is no question around the health benefits of getting an adequate amount for your particular genetic makeup each night. Going to bed at the same time each night is incredibly beneficial for your overall sleep health, so try setting a bedtime alarm each night to remind you that it's time to hit the hay. “…My Top 2020 Resolution is All About Self Care…” Coco Bassey 5. BATHE Our bodies naturally cool down in order to sleep—but you can fake or jumpstart this process by heating up first via a bath. As your body cools down, you will start to feel sleepy but the trick is not to overheat as this will actually keep you awake instead. Showers work, too. 6. JOURNAL According to some research, journaling actually boosts the immune system. It can also help you clear out stressful or negative thoughts and work out problems that might otherwise keep you up later than you'd like. 7. READ A 2009 study showed that reading for just six minutes reduces stress by 68%. That's mind-blowing! Tonight, turn off your phone and crack open a book—the old-fashioned kind is best. 8. STRETCH Stretching is a great tension-reliever, and doing so before bed can improve the way your body feels the next morning. DM us for some simple stretches to do in order to optimize your nightly snooze.
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