Updated: Dec 28, 2019
According to Dr. Frank Lipman:
"Shorting yourself on sleep reduces leptin, the hormone that helps regulate body weight by keeping appetite in check. Making matters worse, too little sleep increases ghrelin, a hormone that triggers hunger."
Yikes, that's just one more reason to prioritize sleep. Our bodies can get used to a sleep routine which makes is easier to fall asleep and wake up refreshed. Here are some ideas to set up a successful routine:
Turn off electronics an hour before heading to bed. They stimulate our brains. Emails and news can create stress and the light can interfere with our internal body clock
Listen to music that's not too exciting or emotional
Do relaxation activities like breathing, prayer, gentle yoga, stretching, or meditation
Write down your worries or reminders for the next day to help get them off your mind
Avoid eating at least 2 hours before lying down
TIP: To get the benefits of an hour nap, lie down on the ground with your legs up the wall or resting on a chair for 15-20 minutes. Lots of blood and oxygen come into your head, brain, and neck which has an energizing effect.