3 Healthy Nighttime Routines You Should Do Before You Sleep

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Don’t eat too close to bed time. Plan your day for tomorrow. Old news!

Nighttime routines that we’ve been taught since the 1st grade have stood the test of time, but it’s nothing new and therefore, we don’t follow them.

Either that or we’re expected to reflect and organize our thoughts for the following morning….as if we were Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk!

For those of us struggling to maintain even a semi-healthy lifestyle, it’s just too much.

So it’s for these reasons that today’s article is simple, effective and asks nothing more from you than to just be an ordinary human that tries new things.

 

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SNACK TIME…CHEESE TIME!

For all you cheese lovers, this just doesn’t get any better!

We’ve all heard that late night snacking is not recommended for many reasons, namely because it results in digestion and thus, disrupts your sleep.

While that’s true, there are some foods that instead improve the quality of your sleep.

Turkey and almonds for example, include an amino acid called tryptophan, which is known to induce serotonin and bring on drowsiness. 

Fruits and oats are also great choices because they are very filling, which makes going to sleep that much easier.

Finally, most cheeses combine both the satiating effects and the tryptophan to become THE best nighttime snack…as well as the tastiest!

 

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TURN OFF THE PHONE…AND READ!

Katy Perry’s new song can wait…it’ll even make your morning better!

The most popular substitution to blue light is reading and while that’s a personal goal of mine, it doesn’t have to be yours.

If you simply want to lay in bed and plan for tomorrow or eat a snack *wink wink* then go for it! Do what works for you, not what works for others. 

The truth is, unless you haven’t slept in a week, you can’t fall asleep right away after exposure to blue light because it takes some time for your eyes to adjust.

It’s for this reason we all lie in bed unable to sleep, regardless if the room is pitch black.

So I say, why waste 30 minutes just lying there and instead sacrifice the same 30 minutes beforehand doing some reading or drawing etc.

 

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ICE COLD SHOWER…JUST DO IT!

I know, I know, I must be crazy but hear me out!

Cold showers have long been the subject of conversation for health benefits such as helping with depression and developing emotional resiliency…but why before bed?

According to Patrick Allan in his article for LifeHackers, “taking a cold shower one hour before bed may help your body trigger sleep signals and give you a deeper sleep.”

I admit a deeper sleep might not be encouraging enough so fortunately, there’s more.

Patrick continues to explain that, “cold water can add shine to your hair and close up your pores…and helps increase cardiovascular health“. 

Cold showers can also help you lose a few a pounds, that should do it!

 

 

 


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CITATIONS

  1. Allan, Patrick. “The Many Benefits of Taking Cold Showers.” Lifehacker, Lifehacker, 24 July 2014, lifehacker.com/the-many-benefits-of-taking-cold-showers-1610414167.
  2. Kresser, Chris. “How Artificial Light Is Wrecking Your Sleep, and What to Do about It.” Chris Kresser, Chriskresser.com, 1 Apr. 2019, chriskresser.com/how-artificial-light-is-wrecking-your-sleep-and-what-to-do-about-it/.
  3. Team, Sleep. “What To Eat Before Bed – How To Pick The Right Night Time Snack.” Tomorrow Magazine, Publisher Name Tomorrow Sleep Publisher Logo, 14 Dec. 2018, www.tomorrowsleep.com/magazine/what-to-eat-before-bed#jsModal.
  4. “What Are the Benefits of Cold Showers? | Wim Hof Method.” What Are the Benefits of Cold Showers? | Wim Hof Method, www.wimhofmethod.com/benefits-of-cold-showers.

 

 

 

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