I'm convinced that I have insom-nom-nom-nia -- which means that I can't sleep because I'm constantly dreaming about food! LOL. Lately however, I've been getting better sleep, and I wanted to share my top 5 tips for getting a better night's rest.
1. Matcha instead of coffee.
A few months ago, I posted about matcha collagen! What I've discovered after drinking it daily is that in addition to the health benefits, I have been sleeping better!
Most of us drink coffee in the morning, which is a great pick-me-upper. But did you know that according to this article from Cosmo, "a matcha hit provides 34mg of caffeine, which is the same as a cup of brewed coffee and half the amount of an espresso, however, the tea's buzz is much more energising and longer-lasting. It's thanks to the amino acid L-Theanine, which slows the release of caffeine and has a calming, relaxing effect."
That's pretty powerful, considering that coffee usually gets me pretty wired, and even if I drink it in the morning, I sometimes have trouble sleeping. And even better than just matcha powder, I drink this Matcha Collagen from Vital Proteins to get some added benefits like protein and all of the benefits of collagen!
2. Get a white noise machine.
A white noise machine creates natural white noise which is soothing and almost sounds like the cabin of an airplane or a fan. It creates a nice calm environment and blocks out disturbing noises like traffic from outside, people talking, or even a snoring partner. It helps me to fall asleep and stay sleeping!
3. Eat a small dense snack an hour before bed.
I was previously waking up in the middle of the night because I was hungry and my body was craving some nutrients! I've since started eating a small handful of nuts an hour before bed so that my body is fueled and doesn't wake me up with cravings. It helps me to stay sleeping, because often I can't fall back asleep once I wake up.
4. Avoid drinking liquids 2+ hours before bed.
Drinking liquids too close to bedtime means a high likelihood of having to go to the bathroom to pee! And often that means not being able to fall back asleep once you stumble in the dark to the bathroom and then have to wash your hands after!
Especially on intense workout days, if my body is rested, it's so easy for me to fall asleep. You might notice that if you work out regularly, you will get better sleep too!
I would love to hear what helps you sleep! Comment below!
This post is sponsored by Vital Proteins. All opinions are my own.