7 Health Benefits of Sleeping Naked

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Most people know how important sleep is for our overall health and well-being, but did you know that there is an easy way to boost those benefits even more?! This trick is so simple, effective and costs absolutely nothing! All you have to do is sleep in the nude! Yep, that’s it! Sleeping naked has many health benefits that you might not be aware of. This post will share with you all about the health benefits of sleeping naked and why you might want to strongly consider ditching your PJ’s!

7 Health Benefits of Sleeping Naked

1. Promotes Healthy Weight
Research shows that you can actually reset your fat loss hormones by sleeping naked! Sleeping naked can help melt your fat because it helps your body to cool down naturally. As your body temperature cools down, it begins to release hormones that burn fat. These hormones also help to rebuild skin, bone and muscle cells while you sleep. As your body temperature naturally regulates so does your hormones, which is beneficial for overall health and wellness.

2. Promotes Relaxation
Are you feeling anxious or stressed? GET NAKED! A hectic day can often prevent you from getting that deep, quality sleep that your body needs. Sleeping naked can ease tension and help promote a better sleep quality. Research has shown that sleeping naked is good for people suffering from insomnia or other sleep disorders as it helps us to find the relaxation needed to sleep better.

3. Promotes Better Sleep
The body is programmed to naturally drop its temperature during sleep, and the process is necessary for good quality sleep. Thick pajamas can keep the body too warm and prevent you from finding an optimal body temperature. This can result in a night of tossing, turning and restlessness. Your skin works naturally with the rest of the body to cool down so you can easily drift off to sleep, while cozy clothes just make it harder for the body to do its job.

4. Regulates Cortisol
By helping the body to find that perfect sleep temperature, and stimulating growth hormone, cortisol will drop. In a healthy sleep cycle, between 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., cortisol is at its lowest. After 2 a.m. the levels of cortisol begins to rise and prepare for the upcoming day, levels usually reach a high point at about 6 a.m. If you don’t get enough sleep at night you will wake up to very high cortisol. When cortisol is abnormally high it increases your appetite, and causes cravings for comfort foods (cakes, cookies, muffins). It also causes overeating. To make matters worse it increases stress, tension and anxiety, which causes weight gain around the midsection. Sleeping naked is a simple way to help to promote a healthy body temperature while stimulating growth hormone and regulating cortisol in the body.

High cortisol can cause major damage in the body such as:

  • Lowered immunity
  • Abnormal blood sugar and a higher chance of diabetes.
  • Increased blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Increased appetite and obesity
  • Increased sugar cravings
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Low libido
  • PMS
  • Fertility issues
  • Thyroid disease

Lower levels of cortisol promote overall health and well-being and just one of the many health benefits of sleeping naked.

5. Promotes Youth and Beauty
Want to look and feel younger? The old adage “get your beauty rest” actually holds some truth. When the room temperature is no higher than 70 degrees during sleep it allows the anti-aging hormones, melatonin and growth hormone, to function properly. It is important to be comfortable at bedtime, but a sleep environment that is too warm can prevent the natural cooling that should take place in your body while you sleep. When the body cools down the hormone melatonin helps to regulate the body’s sleep/wake cycle, as well as work as an antioxidant. Additionally, that same cool-down stimulates the growth hormone. Growth hormone is important for supporting the body and is essentially better than Botox. While we sleep the growth hormone works to:

– Helps the body to function properly
– Strengthens and increases bone mineralization
– Increases muscle mass
– Increases protein synthesis
– Stimulates the growth of all internal organs excluding the brain
– Promotes healthy liver function
– Stimulates the immune system

6. Improves Circulation
When you strip down to your birthday suit your blood circulation improves. Elastic waistbands and form-fitting clothing can inhibit circulation. I’m not sure about you, but few things feel better at the end of the day than taking off your bra and changing out of constricting clothes, am I right ladies! There are plenty of moments when clothes are comfortable, however, their use still comes at a small price. Improved circulation in turn helps to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain and discomfort.

7. Boost Your Love Life!
When you are sleeping in the nude it tends to allow for many more opportunities to spark romance! The act of sleeping naked is simply sexy and appealing to your partner. That skin to skin feeling also makes you feel sexy. Skin on skin contact releases the hormone oxytocin which increases the feelings of comfort. Sleeping naked is also fun. What better way to end the day than to be skin to skin with your spouse? It is an intimate way to sleep and will make you feel closer to your partner. The skin to skin contact is a great way to get that intimate alone time that you cannot get anywhere else.

Who knew that there were so many health benefits of sleeping naked? I’ve been trying it out myself and I must say, I sleep so much better and have noticed some of the other benefits as well. Have you tried it yourself? Have you noticed any benefits?

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7 Tips to Help Get Kids to Sleep Easier

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If you’re a parent, you know the nightly challenge of getting your kids to go to bed — and staying there. It’s not always easy, but helping them get a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your kids.

When children don’t get enough sleep it becomes much harder for them to control their emotions. They may be irritable or hyper, which is no fun for anyone. Kids who are sleep-deprived are more likely to have behavior problems, trouble paying attention and learning, and  a higher risk of being overweight. So although it can be a challenge to establish regular sleeping routine, it’s important to do all you can to help your child get the sleep she needs. This post will share with you 7 tips and tricks to help get kids to sleep easier!

7 Tips to Help Get Kids to Sleep Easier

1. Work as a team

It’s important to discuss and agree on a sleep strategy for your child with your spouse, partner or caretaker beforehand and work together as a team to carry it out consistently. Otherwise, you can’t expect your child to learn or change her behavior. Come up with a game plan with everyone involved with watching your little one – grandparents, daycare providers, etc. Making sure everyone is on board will be key to your little one’s success!

2. Develop a Bedtime Routine

Routine is very important for children in order for them to thrive mentally, emotionally and physically. Establishing a bedtime routine is extremely helpful when trying to get children ready for bed. Regular schedules and bedtime rituals play a big role in helping kids get sound sleep and function at their best. When you set and maintain good sleep habits, it helps your child fall asleep, stay asleep, and awake rested and refreshed. If you are starting a new sleep routine for your child, make him or her part of the team by explaining the new plan if they are old enough to understand. For a young child, try using a picture chart to help your child learn the new routine, showing actions like changing clothes, brushing teeth, and reading a book.

3. Limit screen time before bed

It is very important to limit screen exposure 1-2 hours before bed. The blue light from televisions, tablets and computers can disrupt sleep patterns because it can suppress melatonin levels and makes it difficult to fall asleep. You can read more about the affects of blue light on our sleep patterns here. Prevent watching TV or playing on devices right before bed for the best results. An idea of an example bedtime routine would be a TV show, bath time, brushing teeth, reading a story and finally bedtime, leaving plenty of time in between TV watching and sleep.

4. Magnesium

This essential nutrient is responsible for numerous bodily functions, including sleep! Click here to read more about how to use magnesium to help establish a great nights sleep. This can be easily done either in a bath with Epsom salts (where to buy) or in a quick drink (where to buy) before bed. It helps to naturally relax the body making it easier to fall asleep.

5. Essential Oils

Essential oils contain natural plant intelligence. Pure therapeutic grade essential oils (not to be confused with store brands) have been found to reach deep into the limbic system of our brains, the part responsible for emotions, and can have profound physical and emotional benefits. This includes unwinding and releasing any unwanted thoughts and emotions before bed. Kids are just mini-versions of us and while we may not realize it, but their days can be filled with stress just as ours, which can make it hard to wind down at the end of the day. Essential oils can be very beneficial in helping to relax and decompress to prepare the body for a good night’s sleep. This can be done using homemade bath salts, by diffusing or rubbing on the vita flex foot points. My kids usually last no longer than 30-60 minutes before they are asking to go to bed!  Recommended oils for sleep are: Lavender, Cedarwood, Valerian, Roman Chamomile and Orange. For the best results I use pure therapeutic grade oils. (where to buy)

6. One More Thing…..

Kids will always ask for that one last thing — hugs, a drink of water, a trip to the bathroom, just one more book. Do your best to head off these requests by making them part of the bedtime routine. And let your child know that once they are in bed, they have to stay in bed. Be firm but loving. After your regular routine set aside a few minutes for one last sip of water, potty trip and snuggle before tucking them in to sleep. If your child does leave bed guide them immediately back. Letting them hang out for a bit before returning them only reinforces in them that behavior. It may take a few days for this habit to stick. Which leads me to the final tip……

7. Be Patient

Remember that patience and persistence is key. Changing any habit takes time. Your child will learn new sleep habits if you stick to your planned routine. Your child may want to argue or complain about new bedtime rules. You must ignore these arguments and protests. Firmly and calmly let your child know that this is the new bedtime plan. It may be very challenging at first and may take several nights to get your child used to the new plan but with some persistence and lots and lots of patience, you will succeed. Remember that consistency is the key! For more tips of bedtime for kids checkout this book! And if you want a good laugh get yourself a copy of this or the parent-only version here!

Do you have any tips to help kids get to sleep easier? What would you add to the list? I would love for you to share them!

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Is Television Affecting Your Sleep

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Could it be possible that your television is affecting your sleep patterns? Many people watch television before going to bed. In fact, most of those people claim that they cannot fall asleep unless they are watching TV. However, research shows that television may actually be affecting sleep. This article will share with you how important sleep is, how your television could be affecting your sleep.

How Important Is Sleep?

Sleep is essential for our health and well-being. It affects interpersonal relationships and our ability to function properly. Lack of sleep can cause abnormalities of the brain and nervous system, metabolism, immune and cardiovascular systems. According to a study the National Sleep Foundation 60% of adults report having sleep problems at least a few nights a week with 69% of children experiencing a couple nights of sleep problems.

How is Television Affecting Your Sleep

Research is showing that sleep patterns are affected by television and other electronics. Communication devices such as computers, TV and smartphones emit a light that suppresses the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin.The blue lights cause cognitive stimulation increasing the brain’s electrical activity and causing neurons to race, which is not exactly what you want to do before heading off to bed. This readjusts our internal clocks and causes us to sleep less.

What To Do

If you watch TV before bed and want to prevent your television affecting your sleep quality the best course of action is to avoid electronic devices 2 hours before bed time but another option is to order a pair of these handy dandy blue blocker glasses and where them when watching TV or while on the computer at night (Where To Buy). These glasses block the blue light from the television, computer or device screen.  And in case you are wondering- Yes, I wear these and even got my husband a pair too! Since we started using them I notice that I sleep more soundly and do not wake up often during the night like I used to. I highly recommend them! Plus they look SUPER COOL on!

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