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Sleep, What’s That? Let’s Find Out

Sleep is one of the most important, but often overlooked aspect when we discuss health and wellness. Sleep is one of the foundational components to living your best life. Sleep is a time when our bodies heal, find balance, and rejuvenate itself. But how many of us neglect sleep and walk around tired and unfulfilled? 

There are many things we can do to help out our bodies bodies and to maximize our sleep. The biggest thing is getting into a sleep routine. Have a set bed time and set wake up time each day, even on your days off. The wake up time is the most important one though. If you are not tired at bedtime, stay up a little later until you are, you need to get your body trained that bed is for sleep, it helps it transition for awake into the restorative phases of sleep. If you are one to lay in bed and watch TV, you are probably not getting as much rest as you could. 

A Few Tips

The blue light from TV’s and cell phones makes it harder for our bodies to with to sleep mode. Many phones not have built in blue light filters, set a schedule to turn this on in the evening if you are not able to turn off your screens at least an hour before bed. If you can turn your screens off, pick up a print book and read before bed.  You can also get blue light blocking glasses relatively inexpensive as well that help block it. They also make an adhesive film you can apply. 

The next thing you can do before bed is dim any aggressive lighting to mimic sunset. Our bodies naturally follow a circadian rhythm and artificial light disrupts this. 

During the day, get as much natural sunlight as possible, not only does it help our bodies produce vitamin D, it also helps with our bodies making melatonin, an important hormone for sleep. Melatonin supplements can help but it is not substitute for the real thing your body can make on its own, if given the right environment. Another common sleep aid is valerian root, chamomile tea, or magnesium glycinate. Magnesium helps our bodies regulate our stress-response system as well as helping our bodies increase our levels of GABA. A neurochemical that encourages deeper sleep and relaxation. 

Our bodies also naturally drop a few degrees in temperature to promote deeper sleep. If your room is too warm you will likely not feel as rested. I’ve even read that putting socks on before bed, helps your body more quickly regulate its temperature allowing you to fall asleep a little quicker. 

Nukana Can Also Help

Our endocannabinoid system also plays a large role in helping our bodies find homeostasis (balance). Nukana Premium Hemp has products that interact with this complicated and vast system in our bodies but attaching to CB1 and CB2 receptors. Try our PM soft gels or our best selling 10:1 tropical gummies and you are off to Chillville. 

In short, make small changes at first. By nature, most of us do not like change so by making micro changes, you are more likely to stick with them. Get comfortable with one change to where it has become a habit and then add another one of these tips. As time to goes on see how these things affect your sleep. Keep a journal or use one of the many sleep tracking apps. See what works over time and what doesn’t.  We are all rooting for you. Life is waiting…face it rested, Nukana is here to help.