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Sleep Tips #3
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OK next 4 tips for improving the above, taking us to numbers 9-12
 
1) Daily Closure.
Ever found yourself thinking, or saying aloud “Day’s just seem to fly by, or keep rolling into the next” ?
How about bringing a bit of ‘mental closure’ to a day?
Something along the lines of, end of day write down (throwaway paper or in a diary) ONE thing that went well for you and WHY, and ONE lesson you learnt or realised in the day. We do this in my L.E.A.N group,
because the WIN helps us celebrate daily/regular success, so life doesn’t feel a constant battle or snowball,
and the Lesson gets us thinking.
Thinking about something that didn’t quite go to plan and why, to help us should this occur again in the future, but also a form or ‘acceptance’ of situations.
Doing this kind of thing can bring some mental ‘closure, fulfilment and a bit of contentment’ at the end of a day – just what we need to slow down 🙂
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2) Caffeine.
No not drink some, the opposite – look to restrict how much and when you have it.
The odd morning cup is fine, but drinking caffeinated drinks post lunch time,
can hormonally affect your sleep, especially the ‘deep’ sleep you want to be having.
Regular caffeine Feinds might say “doesn’t affect my sleep”, but we’re not talking about getting to sleep,
we’re talking about the hormones that get released
when you’re in a deep sleep that we ALL need
for health and fat loss benefits. Caffeine can stay in the bloodstream for up to 6 hours, so that evening or post meal coffee really isn’t what you want or need
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3) Bath it Up.
I talked yesterday over the benefits of magnesium,
another you can try is an ‘Epsom Salt bath’ which fundamentally is magnesium sulphate or Chloride flakes you add to a bath. Relax in here for 20-30mins before bed, and your body will update the magnesium,
then it’s “goodnight Vienna” ! Grab some off easy and add a half pint glass worth to your bath for starters.
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4) Wind down the eyes and brain.
We all enjoy a bit of TV in the evening to wind down, but ideally you don’t want to be switching it (or any other screen) off immediately before bed. The retina in our eyes get’s stimulated from the light, and triggers our brain into action – again not the best thing when we want to sleep shortly after.
If you do watch tv, try to have a decent cut off time, to allow yourself a further 20-30mins rest for the eyes from light, or to read a book etc.
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