DO YOU GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP?
Calling all insomniacs, this one's for you. Do you often wake up tired? Waking up tired occasionally is not usually a cause for concern but frequently waking up tired can be a sign that you’re experiencing some sort of sleep disruption at night. This may be especially likely if you continue to feel tired throughout the day.
You know the feeling. As the alarm goes off in the morning after a sleepless night, dragging yourself out of the bed can be a chore. A disturbed night’s sleep is not only annoying, but it can also leave you irritable and unable to concentrate at work the next day. You’ll also be more likely to crave sugar or caffeine to get through the day and count down the hours until the moment you can get back into bed. On the other hand, waking up from a refreshing 8 hours of uninterrupted, peaceful sleep can put you in a good mood to take on a new day. That’s exactly why getting enough quality sleep is such an important part of maintaining good health. Let’s take a look at some of the health benefits of a restful night’s sleep and why it’s important to make sleep a top health priority.
VAAY SLEEP ROUTINE
End your day off on a high note, with this nighttime routine. We call it the 3 R’s Reset, Relax, & Reflect.
Step 1: Reset: Start by taking 1 VAAY CBD night capsule with a glass of water every night—at least one hour before you ideally want to fall asleep—to ensure optimal results.
Step 2: Relax: Relax your body after a long day and push out stress with a bit of light yoga. Light yoga stretching at night is the ultimate grounding practice. We recommend Balasana pronounced (bah-LAHS-anna) otherwise known in English as “Child’s pose” (bala = child). Balasana pushes stress out of hamstrings, shoulders and lower back. You can find a great video for how to get into Balasana posture here. For best results, listen to your favorite bedtime playlist and focus on breathing and calming your body.
Step 3: Reflect: Start unwinding with your favorite cup of hot tea. Shut down all the screens and electronics (I know scary right) Rather than spend time on the phone, write in a journal before shutting out the light. You can write down how your day went, goals for tomorrow, how you are feeling and what you are grateful for. How you end your day, can make a difference in how you sleep and how you wake up. This would be the perfect time to do a quick 5-10 evening meditation. There are plenty of nice sleep meditation apps available for those who are beginners. Alternatively, you could also try out our VAAY SLEEP moodtapes to find inner balance and relaxation before going to bed.
End your day with these 3 positives, and this might become one of your favorite new nighttime routines.
You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this (or any) fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs. This is particularly true if you have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by a change in physical activity. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time you should stop immediately. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional.
GENERAL FACTS ABOUT SLEEP
Did you know, 67% of UK adults report disruption in their sleep? We often sacrifice sleep to fit in everything we need to do in a day, but sleep is vital to well-being, affecting both mental and physical health. When we are tired, we have trouble thinking clearly, focusing, and have slower reflexes. There are three key elements of quality sleep:
- Duration of sleep: The length of your slumber should be sufficient for you to be rested and alert the following day.
- Continuity of sleep: Time periods should be seamless without fragmentation.
- Depth of sleep: Your rest should be deep enough to be restorative.
DON’T MISS GETTING 8 HOURS SLEEP
Research shows that most people need at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep to function optimally. Getting just four hours of sleep or staying awake for many hours is not a sign of strength and endurance but rather a sign that something is wrong. Resting the body is very important to maintain good health just like food, water, and air. Being sleep deprived can be associated with cardiac problems, obesity and even early demise. So, whether you're disturbed by sirens or snorers, we hope you can fall into a deeper sleep with this nighttime routine to help to relax your mind, your muscles, and induce hormones to destress the body.