Did you know there is a major connection between your gut health and how well you sleep? The gut produces up to 95% of our body’s serotonin, the neurotransmitter that influences your mood but also your sleep patterns. As nighttime approaches your levels …show more content…
It takes you around 2-4 hours to get into this “deep sleep” stage and only 25% of our sleeping time is spent in this ideal stage of sleep. This is why it is so important to get at least 8 hours of sleep; to make sure you are spending enough time in a deep sleep. If you spend a lot of the night waking up, feeling restless or being disturbed by sound or light your not going to be getting yourself into that restoring stage of sleep and your body isn’t going to have a chance to heal.
So what are the best ways to encourage and good sleep cycle?
Start to unwind. This means avoiding anything stimulating for at least 20 minutes before bedtime. Televisions, computers, phones, ipads etc. all produce what is known as a blue light, which can slow down the production of melatonin. Your brain associates light with wakefulness and this makes it stay more alert so it doesn’t start to slow down and get ready for bed by producing melatonin. Half an hour before bed dim the lights around the house and start to quiet down, this is the perfect time to practice some meditation and really unwind from the day.
Keep your room cool. To enable you to reach a deep sleep your body needs to cool down, if your body is already at a lower temperatures it will spend less time trying to cool down and you will reach a deeper sleep much