When looking to level up your sleep game, consider adding aromatherapy to your evening routine. While you could look into Ayurvedic medicine and consider perhaps having your “doshas” or your essential energies and have them balanced, I find the simplest way is to trust your intuition. Sample essential oils and discover a scent you find soothing.
In recent years Canadians have become more and more averse to rest. A recent global study conducted by Insurance company Aviva suggests that nearly a third of Canadians feel as though they don’t get enough sleep to get them through the day.
For years, Elly Shariat had been burning the candle at both ends. “I’d start my days around 6 a.m. and I’d begrudgingly force myself to go to sleep at 2 or 3 a.m.,” said Shariat, a Los Angeles-based entertainment publicist.
Do you ever go to bed ridiculously early because you need to wake up on time for work – then feel even more tired in the morning? Well, you might be doing it wrong. Don’t just think by getting more hours of sleep, you’ll be more refreshed in the office the next day.
It’s hard to overstate just how important sleep is in terms of our health. I know, because I learned the hard way. My first job was as a stockbroker, which meant waking at 5am, starting work at 7am, and then often staying out in the evenings to entertain clients.
FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 — Between studying and socializing, college students often have crazy sleep schedules, and new research suggests that a lack of regular sleep may dampen students’ well-being. “We found that week-long irregular sleep schedules are significantly associated with lower self-reported morning and evening happiness, healthiness and calmness during the week, even after controlling for weekly average sleep duration,” said study author Akane Sano.
If your weeknight sleep schedule leaves you feeling downright exhausted by the time Friday rolls around, the last thing you want to hear is that catching up on sleep on weekends is no good for your health, as states recent research from the University of Arizona in Tucson that throws shade at the practice for raising your risk of heart disease.
Jenni June raised four kids as a single mom, in homes in Oregon and Southern California where she wasn’t able to have air conditioning. She says it was hard to see her kids struggle to sleep in the summer heat.
The moments before falling into bed can have a meaningful effect on the restfulness of your slumber. Yin yoga, a slow gentle practice that is beneficial for the release of connective tissues, is a wonderful starting point when exploring the restorative benefits of yoga.
Liz Lorinksy, an experienced yogi and teacher, joins us to share a brief “before bed” pose from the yin lineage of yoga.
“This practice requires patience and breath. In yin yoga we are targeting connective tissues of the body which are inelastic and lack the water content of muscle tissues which are more elastic and respond quicker to stimulation.”
– Liz Lorinksy
One night or many nights of bad sleep is proven to negatively impact a workout. According to the US National Sleep Institute, the quality of sleep that athletes get can be the main factor to their win. The quality of sleep you receive helps improve your decision-making skills, accuracy, and most importantly helps your body maintain its speed and endurance especially during a tough workout.