How did you sleep last night?

When my clients are struggling in almost any area of their fitness and health …

… there’s one question at the top of my list to help figure out what’s going on.

“How’s your sleep?”

Getting your sleep habits under control is a super important “basic” that will help skyrocket your results.

It impacts everything in your body, right down to the cellular level.

I’m talking about things like your: health, fitness, body composition, hormones, stress levels, appetite, mood, ability to concentrate, immune system, and even aging.

And … did you know that while you sleep, your brain actually “cleanses” itself?

Researchers discovered that while we sleep, cerebrospinal fluid washes in and out of our brain helping to get rid of metabolic “trash” that accumulates there during the day.

Over the long term, lack of sleep is correlated with dementia, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Plus, a large review of studies linked too little sleep to an increased risk of obesity by 89% in children and 55% in adults.

Pretty eye-opening, right?

That’s why it’s SO important to find what works for YOU, so you can get 7-9 hours of sleep every night.

Here are 8 tips to improve your sleep (and your results) naturally:

1.    Get some sunlight every day, but avoid blue light (from TVs, computers, and devices) at night. Get some blue light blocking glasses if you need to keep your tech on.
2.    Avoid caffeine after your morning cup of coffee. Caffeine can stay in your system for 6-8 hours.
3.    Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day/night, and avoid daytime naps longer than 15-30 minutes.
4.    Limit alcohol because it can interfere with hormones related to sleep … plus it’s linked with sleep apnea.
5.    Optimize your bedroom for sleep: make sure it’s quiet, dark, comfy, and serene, and that it’s at the right temperature for you (not too hot or cold). 68 degrees has been shown to be an ideal temperature.
6.    Avoid eating for a few hours before bed because it can disrupt your hormones (this is a sneaky one that’s worth tracking).
7.    Get in a workout, but not too close to bedtime.
8.    Wind down before you go to bed: take a relaxing bath or shower, listen to quiet music, read a book, etc.
9. After waking go outside. Sunlight has been proven to help balance hormones, so you are more alert during the day and sleep better during the night.

And if you try all of those tips and STILL can’t sleep, be sure to tell your healthcare provider the next time you have an appointment.

Brien Shamp’s Coaching takes a whole-body approach to your wellness because it’s all related. How do anything is how you do everything!

With a time-tested plan that works for YOU and your goals, we make results happen. Want to know more? Click here: “I AM A Priority” Coaching Program

By the way… how did YOU sleep last night?

Committed to your success,

Coach Brien Shamp