Sleep is one of the most important contributors to our overall health. Our body performs hundreds of essential tasks during this time to keep our body healthy. These tasks include repairing damage, cleaning up waste, growth and many others.
Sleep is also directly related to our appetite and our sensitivity to insulin. Studies have shown that not getting enough sleep increases our desire for sugary foods and at the same time our body is less sensitive to insulin, the hormone needed to get nutrients into our cells. Therefore, it is very important for diabetics and pre-diabetics to get enough sleep optimize their health.
5 ways to improve your sleep and your health
- Set a bed time alarm. Going to bed at a consistent time on weekdays and the weekend is important for getting good quality sleep and keeping your body in a rhythm. Aim to consistently get 7.5-8 hours of sleep per night.
- Turn screens off 30 minutes before bed. The light from cell phones, computers and TV activate your brain to stay awake. Turn all of these devices off 30 minutes before bedtime to allow your brain time to relax and improve your sleep quality.
- Limit caffeine after lunch. Caffeinated drinks stimulate the brain to be alert. In some people, this stimulation can last up to six hours. To improve your sleep cut out caffeine after lunch and instead enjoy herbal tea or water.
- Get out in the sun. Exposure to sunlight, especially in the morning, helps to keep your circadian rhythm on track. This also helps you feel tired in the evening when the sun goes down.
- Keep a notepad beside your bed. Is stresses or anxiety preventing you from falling asleep? Keep a notepad by your bed to jot down anything on your mind. A clear mind will help you fall asleep more quickly.
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