WRITTEN BY THOMAS HOLGATE – JOURNALIST – WWW.ICKONIC.COM
Did you sleep OK? A common question during morning chit-chat. Fun to discuss when we feel replenished. Not so fun if we’ve been up all night with busy-bee brains.
The science on sleep is growing and information is more available now than ever. The average adult will spend 36 percent of his or her life asleep, with a purpose of rest, relaxation and restoration. The benefits are numerous. Sleep clears out the brain each night, helps us burn fat and repair muscle, assists production of human growth hormone and can help regulate blood levels of cortisol (the stress hormone).
We probably all know that relaxing before bed is a good idea. Listening to soft music as opposed to heavy metal, reading a book instead of watching an action thriller, or drinking non-caffeinated herbal tea over a double espresso (caffeine blocks adenosine, a chemical that makes you feel sleepy).
To help you further, we’ve compiled a list of proven sleep tips – along with some useful journal prompts and affirmations – to help you ‘live your rest life’.
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