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Sleep At Least 7 Hours a Night and Avoid Getting FAT

That whole “beauty rest” thing is TRUE! When we’re  sleep- deprived, our production of ghrelin ( a hunger promoting hormone)  significantly increases and we burn calories 20% slower than those who sleep, on average, seven hours a night.    


     Here are five ways to help you sleep more soundly. 


 1. Eat 1 cup of fruit an hour before bedtime.  The natural sugar in fruit- (fructose) increases production of calming brain chemicals, making you feel sleepy in as little as 20 minutes.  Hmmm...... Wine comes from grapes. Grapes are a fruit..... ( See where I’m going with that? CHEERS!)  


2.  Stretch for at least 10 minutes before bed.   This will help release built up tension and calm any anxious thoughts.  

3.  Wear comfy loose PJ’s.  Wearing sleepwear that is too tight traps in body heat slowing down the brains production of melatonin. 

4.  Give yourself a five minute calf massage. ( Not the animal)   It’ll stimulate nerves in the legs that soothe the adrenal glands and lower cortisol levels that interfere with sleep. 

5.  Burn a lavender candle or put lavender potpourri in your bedroom.  The scent of lavender will relax you in less than 10 minutes.    









  

     







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