No product on the market really compares to a full night of beauty sleep. But no matter how much time we set aside for sleep, we often toss and turn throughout the night, waking up as unrested as if we’d painted the town red the night before. With the hustle and bustle of September around the corner, we definitely want to figure out how to get the most out of our zzz’s before we’re in the midst of deadlines and long days at the office. Fortunately, the always insightful Dr. Oz has some great tips for maximizing your sleep time. Here are our favourite tips for a good sleep, according to Dr. Oz.
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Cool down at night
Dr. Oz recently told Chatelaine magazine that people have a better chance of getting a good night’s rest if they sleep in a cooler environment. Dr. Oz suggests turning down your thermostat to 20 degrees Celsius about an hour before bed. If you don’t have the luxury of temperature control in the warmer months, the Doc suggests getting a cooling pillow, which you can pick up at a department store for a fairly reasonable price, to help cool down your body at night.
Be mindful of light
While we all make the mistake of opening our laptop in bed or checking our Facebook on our phones while we’re horizontal, it’s not the best idea to expose yourself to screens if you’re hoping to fall asleep. According to Dr. Oz, the blue light that comes from cells, computers and TVs actually stimulates your brain, making it harder to feel tired. While it’s tempting to get caught up on your social life or your favourite reality TV shows while lying in bed, why not try reading a book instead? Added bonus to reading before bed: If you change the lightbulbs in your room to orange bulbs, the colour actually promotes slumber. We are changing our bulbs tonight!
Watch what you eat
We’ve all heard that taking melatonin (the body’s sleep hormone) — available in drugstores and healthstores — is an effective way to regulate sleep. Even if you don’t take vitamins and supplements in pill form doesn’t mean you can’t find them naturally in the foods you eat. In Chatelaine, Dr. Oz suggests eating melatonin-rich foods a few hours before bed, like tart cherries, walnuts and tomatoes. Since all three make for great salad ingredients, we suggest ending your evening with a healthy nosh instead of a bowl of popcorn or sweet treat. You’ll sleep better and feel great. Two birds, one walnut.
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