A high quality “whole foods” diet and exercise have always been what I rely on in order to feel my best. But this summer I needed something more. Feeling lethargic and unmotivated to do anything, I knew there was something missing. That is when I discovered it, the life changing solution to all of my problems was found. And the miracle cure is? A really goodnight’s sleep
I have always considered myself a morning person, and that is still true! I am much better at getting things done in the morning then I am later. However, these last couple of years I would deprive myself of an hour or two of sleep in order to work out, and squeeze some extra time into my day. Because I was feeling so tired, I decided to investigate and figure out how to get not only more sleep, but a higher quality of sleep.
It was Dr. Oz (of course) that taught me about Melatonin, a hormone that is made by the pineal gland (in the brain) that controls your sleep and wake cycles. When exposed to light, the amount of Melatonin is reduced, causing us to wake up. This light can be natural, or artificial. But let’s start with natural.
Step 1: Darkening my Room
It was then that I noticed that when I woke up in the morning, the small amount of light that was sneaking through my window shades and under my door was distracting, keeping me away from that extra hour or two of snooze time. What did I do?
- Bought long, dark, brown window drapes.
- It may sound cheep and ‘tacky’, but I use sticky tack to secure down the sides of my shades.
- Using a blanket or towel block the bottom of my door, where light was pouring through.
- Channeling my inner Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffanys) , I use a sleep mask.