Sleep More, Stress Less

Both sleep deprivation and stress can lead to elevated levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that raises blood sugar.

If you’re not getting seven to nine hours of sleep each night, it’s time to adjust your bedtime routine or incorporate some more relaxation into your day.

To prepare your body for sleep: -Turn off all overhead lights after 8 p.m. and switch to lamps or another form of soft lighting. This will act as a visual signal to your brain that it’s no longer daytime, and it’s time to start winding down. -Don’t fall asleep to the television or your computer! That blue light tricks your mind into thinking that it’s daytime, so put away the electronics and opt for a book, some music, or a podcast instead. -Take a hot shower. Your body temperature naturally lowers when you sleep, so by first boosting the heat, you’re aiding in that downward shift, priming your body for rest.

To stay calm and collected during the day: -Practice yoga! Stretching opens up muscles that hold stress and tension while breathing helps regulate circulatory systems and lowers stress levels. -Try meditation. One study found that nursing students who did meditation and yoga experienced lower blood sugar spikes after meals, check it out: https://bit.ly/2HGR3sA

What stresses you out - and what do you do to cope with that stress? Send me a message and let’s chat about what could work for you!

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