Re­ju­ve­nate with a sound sleep

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…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.

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