I am grateful to be a very good sleeper. However, the flip side is that when I don’t sleep well, I turn into a cranky zombie. To keep myself sane (and to protect everyone around me) I'm always searching for the best ways to get deep sleep.
Good sleep is of the most important keys to a healthy body. You can be doing everything "right," but without good sleep, your body has little chance to rejuvenate, restore and heal.
Here are 5 keys to deep, restorative sleep:
Unfortunately, no, I’m not advocating more of it. Even just one drink can interrupt sleep patterns and result in waking up frequently in the middle of the night. Alcohol and drugs do not fully allow our bodies to fall into REM sleep; that's why you never really feel restored even after just one drink.
I understand that a zero alcohol policy may be too extreme, so experiment. Drink less, find a substitute way to treat yourself, or pay attention to which kinds of alcohol affect your sleep the least and go for that option.
It’s very easy to do a few yoga poses right before bed or even in your bed. As you lay there, just pick your legs up and do a few moves. These three are my favorite adrenal-soothing poses, lowering adrenaline and cortisol, and helping your body to fully relax. All of these are done laying flat on your back.