As seasons change, schedules change – and as schedules change, usually sleep schedules change too. It can be really easy to get out of sync when school starts, traffic changes, and the sun starts to set earlier (or later) in the evening. Also, in the business world, stress levels brought on by the varying quarters may also change the way you experience the year/seasons. For example, Q3 and Q4 can be a very stressful time of year, which is also during the fun, but busy, holiday months.
Fitting everything you need to do into one day, is impossible but it helps when you have a good night’s sleep to energize your mornings and propel you throughout the day. What’s the best way to wind down? It’s different for everyone, I assume. But here are some helpful tips and tricks that could help you lower your adrenaline and increase your melatonin naturally!
First, what are the benefits of melatonin? According to Our Paleo Life, our own melatonin provides:
- More energy
- Better concentration
- Prevents memory loss
- Keeps immune system strong
- Keeps eyes healthy
- Gets rid of free radicals
- Slows down signs of aging
Now that we know this melatonin must be pretty important, here are some easy and natural ways to increase your melatonin production, according to Our Paleo Life:
- Reduce technology before bedtime, this helps your body get back to its circadian rhythm
- Start dimming the lights early, melatonin starts once your body notices less light
- Reduce exposure to blue lights (cell phones) before bed
- Eat a healthy diet containing melatonin-rich plants like tart cherries, tomatoes, and nuts
- Increase relaxation-inducing activities (warm bath, essential oils, herbal tea, soothing music, etc.)
It seems like we all, in today’s age, put sleep last because we’re putting things like work, tasks, chores, and activities first. However, sleep is one of the most important factors needed in our lives. Without good sleep, our immune system declines, organs begin to fail, and our responses are severely delayed. Just like making sure we eat a nutritious and wholesome diet, we need to think that way about our brain – and get sleeping!