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Improve your sleep, Improve your life!

Updated: Jun 7


Sleep is one of the most important things that we can do for our bodies and minds. Not only does a good night's sleep leave us feeling refreshed and energised, but it also has numerous positive effects on our physical and mental health.

This week, we will focus on the benefits of getting a good sleep, ways you can create an environment that helps you relax and insights from the book "The Miracle Morning," that show you don't necessarily need eight hours of sleep to feel energised!

Benefits of Getting a Good Sleep

You might not realise it, but the quality of your sleep is severely impacting your life & mood right now. Lack of sleep can cause mood swings and even lead to depression.

Having a good night’s sleep also reduces stress MASSIVELY because we have lower cortisol levels in our bodies after a good rest.

Cortisol is the ‘stress hormone’, so we kinda want to stay away from that.

"Cortisol is the body's natural alarm system, but when it's constantly activated, it can cause a host of problems, including weight gain, insulin resistance, and even heart disease." - Dr. Sara Gottfried

Creating an Environment that Helps You Relax

Getting a good sleep can be dependent on some external factors too.

By creating an environment that helps us relax, adopting healthy sleep habits, and focusing on the quality of our sleep, we can wake up feeling good as gold, ready to take on the day ahead.

Here are some ways you can improve the quality of your sleep:

1. Stick to a sleep schedule

2. Exercise regularly (but not too close to bed time)

3. Limit naps during the day

4. Avoid caffeine, alcohol & nicotine as much as possible

5. Limit screentime close to bed time

6. Keep your room cool

7. Block out light and noise

How You Don't Need 8 Hours of Sleep to Feel Energised

You may have been told all your life that ‘8 hours sleep is,

But here’s the thing….

You don't necessarily need eight hours of sleep to feel energised.

The amount of sleep you need can vary based on your individual needs and lifestyle factors.

It’s not a one size fits all!? That makes no sense since nothing in life is that simple.

The facts are, some people may feel rested after six hours of sleep, while others may need closer to nine. The key is to listen to your body and pay attention to how you feel. If you feel rested and energised after six or seven hours of sleep, that may be all you need.

A book that changed my life is ‘The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod’. The perspective in this book helped me change my sleep schedule and gave me back SO MUCH TIME in the morning to focus on self-care activities like meditation, journaling, and exercise.

It really helped set the tone for a productive and fulfilling day during a difficult time in my life.

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body and prayer is to the soul. We become the books we read.” - Hal Elrod

Let us know in the comments any tips you have about getting a good night's sleep.

We’d love to challenge you to really pay attention to the quality of sleep you are getting this week; and then make the changes needed to get a better sleep in!

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