A Good Night's Sleep is Important, But Not Always Easy
Sleep is important for our immune system, our overall health and wellbeing - not to mention our blood sugars. But a good night’s sleep can be hard to come by, especially as our lives get busier and as we grow older. Here are some things that help me sleep better.
How to get better sleep
Monitor blood glucose
I keep an eye on my post-dinner blood sugar. High blood sugars make me feel sleepy, but cause me to feel restless and make it difficult for me to fall asleep when it’s time for bed - even though I feel exhausted. If I can't fall asleep at night, I check my blood sugar, hence the reason why I keep my meter on my nightstand! On the flip side, if my blood sugar is too low before bed, I treat, ASAP. Nobody wants a middle of the night low! Making sure blood sugars are within range makes it easier for me to have a good night’s sleep, and it makes me worry less - it’s a win-win situation.
Drink herbal tea
After dinner, I usually drink a cup of herbal tea. It’s a nice treat; keeps me from mindless snacking, helps with my digestion, makes me feel all cozy and relaxed. Blueberry tea is my favorite but I mix it up. Sometimes I have chamomile, other times lemon or peppermint. But no matter the flavor, it doesn’t have any caffeine. Speaking of caffeine, no caffeine after 3pm for me - same goes for chocolate.
Shut off electronic devices
I shut off my television, set my phone alarm and sleep app timer, and I make sure to keep my phone screen dark. I set up my coffee-maker for the next day (I pre-fill with water and coffee) and set aside time to read a book or magazine that I want to read - not something that I’m required to read. When my pre-set sleep app starts making waves (I listen to the sound of crashing waves to fall asleep and there are lots of free sleep apps) I know it’s time for my head to hit the pillow.
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