One of the most underrated negative effects on health is stress. I recently attend a live event by the lovely Nat Kringoudis which focussed on the impact of stress on our bodies.
Often when we think of stress, we think of deadlines at work, or being late and stuck in traffic. But what about the silent stressors that you have no idea are lurking around, wreaking havoc on your body? I’m talking things like pollution, artificial light emitted from our iphones, and chemical stressors.
For me, sleep is one of the first things to be affected by my stress levels. I just can’t seem to switch my mind off, and I endlessly toss and turn until I finally fall asleep 10 minutes before my alarm is due to go off! Talk about frustrating!
Do you know that over an average lifetime, we will sleep for 229,961 hours!? That is an average for someone who sleeps for 8 hours a night, which is about right. Anything less, and there are some worrying health implications. Some of us might get the recommended 8 hours a night, but what about the quality of that sleep? Some spend the first few hours trying to fall asleep, with no luck. If this is you, read on my friend!
Today, I want to share with you my night time routine, and some tips for getting a good night’s rest. I found this stuff particularly crucial when healing from the likes of adrenal fatigue, where sleep and recovery is just sooo important.
1. Mood lighting
After dinner, try turning off all the main lights. Perhaps even light a few candles! “Back in the day”, once the sun had set, the only light we had access to was fire.
Artificial light (in particular, the blue light emitted from your iphone, ipad, computers and tv) in the wrong setting can have a negative effect your sleep quality, specifically through disruptions to melatonin production and circadian rhythm.
I turn on my Himalayan Salt Lamps for mood lighting and wear my blue blockers when watching TV or reading my ipad!
To find out more about how artificial light is impacting your melatonin levels, Dr Chris Kresser has written this excellent article.