Wonderful Sleep!Bye Bye Sleeping Through the Night?Have you said “bye bye” to sleeping through the night?Are you feeling exhausted or “running on stress hormones” all day?Do not fear, I have some great tips (and an amazing recipe) for you!The science of sleep is fascinating, complicated and growingSleep is this daily thing that we all do and yet we’re just beginning to understand all of the ways it helps us and all of the factors that can affect it.Lack of sleep affects just about everything in your body and mind.People who get less sleep tend to be at higher risk for so many health issues like diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer; not to mention effects like slower metabolism, weight gain, hormone imbalance, and inflammation.And don’t forget the impact lack of sleep can have on moods, memory and decision-making skills.Do you know that lack of sleep may even negate the health benefits of your exercise program?(Gasp!)OMG – What aspect of health does sleep not affect???Knowing this it’s easy to see the three main purposes of sleep:
Do you know how much sleep adults need?It’s less than your growing kids need but you may be surprised that it’s recommended that all adults get 7 – 9 hours a night.For real!Try not to skimp!(Don’t worry, I have you covered with a bunch of actionable tips below.)Tips for better sleep
So how many of these tips can you start implementing today?Recipe (Caffeine-free latte for your afternoon “coffee break”): Caffeine-Free Chai LatteServes 1-21 bag of rooibos chai tea (rooibos is naturally caffeine-free)2 cups of boiling water1 tablespoon tahini1 tablespoon almond butter (creamy is preferred)2 dates (optional)Cover the teabag and dates (if using) with 2 cups of boiling water and steep for a few minutes.Discard the tea bag & place tea, soaked dates, tahini & almond butter into a blender.Blend until creamy.
Serve and Enjoy!Tip: You can try this with other nut or seed butters to see which flavour combination you like the best.Cashew butter anyone?References:http://www.thepaleomom.com/gotobed/http://www.precisionnutrition.com/hacking-sleep