5 EASY WAYS TO GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP
Eat better, exercise more and sleep smarter. These are a few things we need to focus on when it comes to increasing our overall wellbeing and the A.H Beard 6 Week Sleep Challenge will help you do just that.
More and more research suggests achieving sound consistent sleep does wonders for our overall mental health and well-being. If like me (and most women in the world) you feel stressed, run down and lethargic most working days you probably need to focus on getting more beauty sleep!
Dr. Carmel Harrington is one of the world’s leading authorities on sleep and is proud to have collaborated with A.H. Beard and their 6 Week Sleep Challenge. Together, they hope to encourage thousands of Australians to participate in the program, resulting in better memory, improved energy, lower stress levels, weight management and greater creativity for all round better health. I will also be embarking on this challenge on March 16th and tracking my progress in my La Bella Mecca Blog which no doubt will be an interesting read as ceasing coffee at midday and shutting down social media at night will be a challenging but necessary detox for me!
So if your boyfriend continually complains you are on Instagram way too much at night and you’re generally grumpy and puffy eyed when you wake up in the morning then it’s time to sign up and start sleeping! Because waking up rested and beautiful in the morning shouldn’t be reserved only for Disney princesses.
Some of Dr. Carmel’s Beauty Sleep Tips:
CUT THE COFFEE
Dr Carmel says cutting your coffee intake off at midday is one of the easiest ways to ensure you get to sleep faster at night. So if you are laying wide awake staring at the ceiling, your mid afternoon pick me up from Star Bucks is probably to blame. Also, be careful of caffeinated teas and energy drinks as well. The girls at LFM HQ opt for organic chamomile tea or a low-cal hot chocolate.
SET THE ALARM
Get used to waking up at the same time every day. Whether it’s for exercise, morning meditation or catching up on early TV news – Dr. Carmel says setting the alarm for the same time will get your body clock working better.
GET OFF THE GRAM
Yes. Ladies. This is a tough one…But getting off social media at least one hour before going to bed is essential as your brain activity needs time to slow down and switch off. So set your alarm every night 1 hour before bed to remind you to log off, shut down all technology, dim the lights and do your last minute of Instagram stalking!
WRITE DOWN YOUR THOUGHTS
Dr. Carmel says a great way to prepare yourself for sleep is to clear your mind. Keep a notebook on your bedside table and write down everything that is bothering you, troubling you and would keep you up at night. Work on writing down the solutions next to each point and action them during the day.
Yes – that’s right. Exercise in short bursts is better than no exercise at all particularly when you aren’t sleeping properly. You want to do as much activity during the day, so even if it’s only 20mins, get your body moving. A quick power walk during your lunch break is an easy, positive step for better sleep.
Sign up to the A.H Beard Sleep Challenge which starts 16th March 2015 and you’ll also go in the draw to win a A.H Beard Bed Valued at $4000