Are you ready for the lazy women’s guide to boosting fertility? Do you want to know the one thing you can improve today that will help your health, wellbeing and basically every area of your life?
The key? Sleep
There is one thing that is guaranteed to turn me into a crazy lady.
Not enough sleep — and that happens a lot with two young children.
I’m exhausted and grumpy, which inevitably means I make poor decisions around food and exercise (I eat all the sugar and never leave the house!). It’s incredible how sleep affects the quality of the rest of your life, and chances are you aren’t getting enough.
Sleep is crucial for your health and wellbeing in general, but even more so when you’re trying to get pregnant.
It improves your mood
When your body gets the sleep it needs, you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to face the day. You are less likely to be stressed out by life and you find things much easier to work through.
It boosts your energy
When you have plenty of energy you feel like you’re on top of your game. You make better decisions around the food you eat and are more motivated to exercise.
It gives your body time to recover
The main time that your body can heal and repair cells is during the night when you are asleep. If you do not give your body enough time to do this, it will not be able to keep you in optimal health.
Have a good night tonight
- Switch off all those flipping gadgets. Yes, I mean all of them… even the TV… and your phone. Yes, I know you use your phone as an alarm, but that doesn’t mean you need to check your work emails or Facebook one more time before you go to sleep.
Seriously though, turning off everything electrical at least 10 minutes before you go to bed (the longer the better) will positively impact your sleep. The blue light affects your levels of Melatonin (the sleepy hormone) and tricks your brain into thinking it’s daytime — not good.
- Goto bed when you are tired. Sounds obvious, right? But how many times do you think ‘just one more episode of Netflix’? It’s tempting to do, but I want you to listen to your body and go to sleep when you feel tired.
If this is an alien concept, then pay close attention tonight. When do you start to yawn, rub your eyes, feel a bit drowsy? Notice when your energy shifts down a gear, and get to bed.
- Prioritise Sleep. We have forgotten why sleep is so good for us and the problem is there is a million and one more exciting, more important things you can do rather than sleep. WRONG.
Sleep is vital for your health and wellbeing. Prioritise your sleep above all else, your body will thank you for it. If you need a little prompt set an alarm now as a reminder to get to bed then you have no excuse for forgetting.
Want even more ways you can get a good night’s sleep? I’ve got a fab little PDF that contains even more gems to get you sleeping better.