Sleep is a very important part of our overall health. Here are a few tips from world renowned strength coach Charles Poliquin on how to improve your quality of sleep.
Stay away from grains and refined sugar snacks before bed
The reason why they ruin sleep is that they raise blood sugar and then create a reactive hypo-glycemia that will awaken you and then it could be impossible for you to fall asleep again. It is the main cause why women wake up before 1 A.M.. Refined grains often contain allergens such as gluten which cause the body to produce cortisol which awakens women.
Sleep in a bat cave
You should sleep in complete darkness or as close as possible. Keep in mind that even the tiniest bit of light in the room can mess up your circadian rhythm, your pineal gland's production of melatonin and the gut’s production of serotonin (better known as the happy neuro-transmitter.) A simple sleep mask can help make sleep even better. I always make sure to have one in my suitcase. Furthermore, the minimal light rule applies to the bathroom too. By any chance, if you need to get up in the middle of the night, keep the light off. Turning the light on will instantly interrupt the production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Some researchers even believe that being awake longer than 3 seconds during the night is enough to interrupt melatonin production.
Try these out and reap the benefits of better and more sound sleep!