This is a guest article from Life Butter – check their links below, and check their latest episode featuring health & fitness superstar Tally Rye. Give it a little listen here!
Hello and welcome back to Life Butter’s guest column on Hazel Wallace’s blog!
We’re here to tell everything we’ve learned about how to get better sleep, which, in case you missed it, is big health news in 2017.
We don’t want to nag, because life is for living and sometimes fun gets in the way of your 8 hours. As a general rule, however, we should be aiming for at least that amount of sleep on the daily, because sleep is responsible for everything from immunity to energy to the release of human growth hormone (important for both those of you who are still growing, and the full-on adults – it keeps us youthful in body and mind).
We are only now getting to grips with the vital importance of sleep, so it’s time to start viewing this as an essential component of wellbeing, rather than that thing that happens when you pass out during a Netflix binge (Girlboss is out in April, so get ready!)
Each month we’re sharing one easy, fun thing you can do to help bring better sleep in your life. In our first post, we suggested finding a “better sleep buddy” or accountability partner, because committing to a new habit with a friend can make it easier for it to stick…and it’s obviously way more fun that way too! This week, we are encouraging you to get chilly to sleep more deeply.
Tip 2: Chill to Chillax (and Sleep)
In Episode 1 of Season 1 of Life Butter Radio, we spoke to James Smith of Sleep Deep, who has been working with the world’s top sleep scientists in developing his line of sleep-promoting pjs. This is man who has spent the last 2 years immersing himself in the world of Zzzs, and his one, easy hack for better sleep was to open your window. Why? Well, turns out that we sleep better in a cooler environment, and with central heating, insulation, thick covers and adorable pjs (not giving those up anytime soon!), most of us are sleeping in environments that are too warm.
If you live on a noisy, polluted road or on the lower ground floor, however, opening your window may not appeal.
Instead, try turning the heat off at night, opening the window just for an hour or so before you go to bed (a fav at LB HQ), or moving your bed furniture around such that you aren’t sleeping right next to a radiator. You’ll be saving money on your gas bill, AND your morning latte – you’ll feel so good, you might just be able to skip it! (We never do, though ☺). In hotel rooms (the bane of LB sleep when we’re on the road!), go ahead & turn the temp right down (about 17°C or 65°F – that might sound mighty cold, but it works we promise!).