Lack of Sleep, Lack of Brain Function , 1 Comment

After a long night of little to no sleep, it’s no surprise that the next day will be rough. Puffy eyes might be the least of your worries, as new studies have emerged stating that lack of sleep might lead to shrinking of your brain and decreased memory retention. It remains unclear whether shrinking of the brain causes lack of sleep, or vice versa. But there are certain things you can do to help fall asleep faster and get the most out of your night:

  • Turning off electronics: an hour before you plan to go to bed, turn off any and all electronics. The visual stimuli from your phone or laptop keeps you up, so turning it off helps you relax.
  • Food: eating a banana an hour before you go to sleep produces tryptophan, which helps you fall asleep. Nuts help keep you feel full before bed, so you won’t wake up hungry – just make sure that you choose raw nuts without sugar and salt. Dark cherries are a natural source of melatonin, so eating them before bed helps encourage sleep. If they’re not in season, dried cherries work well too. I like to eat a combination of these foods (whatever I have on hand) and drink a cup of caffeine free tea to help me fall asleep every night.
  • Stretching/Yoga: I love to stretch before bed. It’s relaxing for me and helps me calm my mind before bed.

What other suggestions do you have? Leave a comment below telling us your favorite sleepy time tricks! -Shelby Nichols