Rejuvenate with a sound sleep
…it’s the best way to heal, rejuvenate and stay t, says tness expert and model Kunal Sharma.
In the race to stay on top of our game – be it work, fitness etc – we often cut back on precious sleep time. However, not giving your body and mind the rest they need, is one of the worst things you can do.
Nothing helps us beat stress and conserve our energy more than a good night’s sleep. Sleep is a healing process where the body melts away all the stress which we build and store in the body and mind after a long day’s work. In fact, studies show that people dealing with chronic stress report a shorter sleep duration, poor sleep quality and increased daytime functioning impairment. Additionally, insomnia or insufficient sleep lead to a poor immune system, thereby increasing the chances of bacterial and viral infections.
Ideally, a person should indulge in eight hours of deep sleep, a state marked by the inability to recall one’s dreams. Deep sleep is the state in which fat burning hormones and growth hormones work efficiently. These hormones help burn fat and contribute to tightening of the skin around the thighs, back, arms and waist; as well as make the skin shinier. Acne, pain, aches, inflammation and everything heals with deep sleep. It does not matter how good you are in your workouts or strict with your diet, the only thing that matters is how well you sleep.
Choose your bed and mattress carefully. Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature. Sleep in a completely dark room. It activates the hormone melatonin which aids in getting a good night’s sleep. Train light but regularly - be it in the gym or outdoors. Do not train hard, especially in the evening, as this activates the hormone cortisol which disrupts sleep. Avoid caffeine in the evening. Eat light meals at night. Avoid refined carbs as they raise one’s pulse and make it difficult to fall asleep. Drink a cup of chamomile tea before bed. Avoid all electronic devices like TV, computer, cell phones etc half-an-hour before turning in. Use Epsom salt in your bath water; it contains magnesium sulphate which helps relax the body and promotes sleep. Meditate at least 10 mins before sleeping. Our thought processes during the day define our state of mind. So be positive all day long. Supplements are always helpful. However, they should be organic and from a reputed company. Supplements like magnesium and potassium help relax the mind, thereby allowing you to get a good night’s sleep.
Take control of your sleep pattern - you will reduce your stress level and better your health.
Drink a cup of chamomile tea before bed.