5 Hacks to Help You Get Your Best Sleep Ever

Quality sleep is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. After just one night of tossing and turning, you soon realize how the lack of quality sleep can affect just about every area of your life—including your mood, job performance, relationships, and even success in weight loss or weight maintenance goals. 

Developing a healthy relationship with sleep is one of the best things you can do for your physical, emotional, and mental health, but it’s not always easy. Here are five of the most effective, science-backed strategies for you to get the best sleep every night. 

1. Stick to a schedule.

Sticking to a routine that’s reasonably consistent from day to day is an important factor when it comes to quality of sleep (1-3). Regular exercise, the timing of your meals, and social activities can all be perceived as time cues for your body that help regulate your biological clock. Most importantly, going to bed and waking up at about the same time every day of the week, including on the weekend, will help to keep your sleep habits aligned with your body’s internal clock, which in turn, leads to quality restorative sleep at night.

2. Avoid bright light and screen time before bed.

Bright light in the evening delays the release of melatonin, one of the hormones in the brain that regulates your sleep cycle. Low melatonin levels can make it harder for you to fall asleep and can have a negative impact on sleep quality, too. Research suggests that the blue wavelengths of light emitted from the screens of electronics is the most detrimental to melatonin release (4).

Shut off any light-emitting electronics like tablets or smartphones at bedtime to not interfere with your body’s natural release of melatonin. An app or filter that blocks blue light on your devices is also an effective strategy, but it‘s best to shut off screens and dim the lights as part of your bedtime routine.

3. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as bedtime approaches.

Even if you don’t necessarily have a problem falling asleep with a little caffeine in your system or after a cocktail or glass of wine, consuming these drinks too close to bedtime can affect the quality of your sleep, even interfering with your body’s ability to engage in deeper sleep necessary for processes like post-workout recovery and maintaining brain health (5-7).

Plan to stop consuming caffeine at least four hours before sleep. In the evening, enjoy your glass of wine or cocktail a few hours before bed instead of just before. Making these small adjustments will allow your body enough time to metabolize any caffeine or alcohol in your system in advance so that they won’t interfere as much with your rest.

4. Meet your daily magnesium requirement.

Magnesium is an essential mineral that is needed for quality sleep, among its many other functions. Studies have found that the majority of adults fail to meet the recommended daily allowance for magnesium (8-9). One study on older adults suffering from poor sleep found that magnesium supplementation led to significant improvements across a range of measures, including sleep time and efficiency (10). Another study found that the nutrient helps the body to better adapt to the rhythms of night and day (11).

Enjoy plenty of magnesium-rich foods like dark leafy greens, nuts, and dark chocolate. If you aren’t eating enough magnesium-rich foods, consider adding a supplement, like IsaFlush®, to help meet recommendations.

5. Supplement with melatonin.

While our bodies make melatonin, natural production declines with age. Unfortunately, tart cherries are one of the only foods in a normal diet to have enough to have an effect on the body (12). But studies have found that melatonin supplementation around bedtime can reduce the length of time it takes to fall asleep, as well as improve sleep time and efficiency (13).

Get a melatonin boost just before bed. Because people vary in their sensitivity to melatonin’s effects, start with a smaller dose and gradually increase the amount you use over a few nights to find how much you need for restful sleep. Renewal Sleep Support™ comes in a convenient oral spray, making it easy for you to have ready on your nightstand, and it allows you to better control the dosage each time you use the product.  Renewal Sleep Support also includes ingredients like L-theanine, valerian, tart cherry, and chamomile that promote quality sleep. 


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