Day Two – How To Get Better Sleep

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.”

– Irish Proverb 

We’re spending today talking about some surprising things that affect your heart health!

Obviously, we know that eating right and exercising are the top ways to keep your heart strong, but did you know that sleep can also have an impact?

When we’re sleeping well, our blood pressure goes down. When we’re not sleeping well, our blood pressure goes up and high blood pressure has been linked to heart disease and having a stroke. 

Insomnia – when you can’t fall asleep, stay asleep, or both — can also lead to heart disease and high blood pressure. When we’re not getting enough sleep, we tend to make poor food choices and our stress levels increase. 

So how can you get better sleep and reduce your risk of heart problems? Here are some ideas!

-Stick to a sleep schedule. Try to go to bed and wake up around the same time so your body knows when it’s time to sleep.

– Create a good comfortable sleep environment. Luxury sheets, blackout curtains, fluffy pillows, essential oil diffuser, white noise machine, plants – whatever makes your bedroom the perfect sleep sanctuary!

-Avoid screens an hour or so before bed because the blue light emitted from screens can trick your brain into staying awake longer. 

-Get enough exercise throughout the day and try to avoid eating a couple of hours before bed – especially alcohol and high fat or high sugar foods. 

-Read before bed. Reading helps you unwind so you’re not stressing about stuff anymore and can get sleepy in a naturally calm state,

Sleep is so, so, so important! What’s your sleep schedule like?

– Spark Your Heart Mini-Challenge: Are you an early bird or a night owl?