As we head into fall and winter, we need to start preparing for the longer nights.
What do I mean?
Remember that we were designed to function with the movement of the earth in relation to the sun. Fall is the time we start preparing for the winter, storing those extra pounds from the fall fruits and gourds for those lean times ahead. (Psst, lean times aren’t coming anymore, so you can skip that part).
Our bodies expect to sleep more with the longer nights, ideally 9.5 hours for 6-7 months out of the year are needed to beat cancer, diabetes, heart disease and depression says the National Institute of Health. Aim for the stars on this one and your body will let you know what is ideal for you.
Will it affect your social life getting so much sleep? Yes, but so will obesity and cancer. Your immune system will reward you with better health, so it’s a win.
What can you do now?
🌀 Keep your lights at low levels of intensity (think romantic) after dark by using candles, red bulbs or a Himalayan sea salt lamp.
🌀 Start wearing blue-blockers when watching TV, a movie or using electronic devices after dark, to not interfere with vital melatonin production.
🌀 Put electronic devices on night shift or better yet, turn them off after dark. This is a good time to do non-device stuff like spending time with loved ones, playing board games, journaling, soaking in the tub or reading a real book.
🌀 Make your bedroom cave-like, nice and cool with all the light blocked out.
🎁 You can get more detailed ideas in my FREE Best Sleep Guide
Sleeping well will help you handle things better by day and also help keep cravings under control. That’s the kind of help we often need!