From eating a snack before bed to sleeping sans clothes, a MyDomaine report examines several scientifically proven methods to get to sleep.
Are you tired all the time and just can’t understand why? There really is nothing worse than waking up (even after the recommended 8 hours of sleep) still feeling exhausted, foggy and blurry-eyed. According to Dr. Libby Weaver, one of Australasia’s leading nutritional biochemists it’s because our brains are like our browsers; they have too many tabs open “looping the same stories, issues, and challenges over and over in our minds, which is highly energy-depleting”—and it’s impacting our health.
But even though we know what to do about it, we’re not acting on it. The Better Sleep council study found that “half of Americans (about 48%) say they don’t get enough sleep, but less than half of them take any one specific action to help them get better sleep.” Either we’re suckers for punishment or the current sleeping habits are too hard to adopt.
So what can we do to encourage a blissful slumber? While many of us are already making sure the room is dark, switching off our devices and reading a good book to bring on the snooze, what are some of the outlier sleeping hacks we can try to ramp up the Zs? We did a deep-dive to showcase some of the more surprising science-backed sleeping habits you can adopt instead like snacking before bed. Yes, you heard right. We think you’ll approve.
Snack Before Bed
Have you been known to snack on some chocolate before bed? Or maybe your guilty pleasure is cheese, either way, most of us with late-night eating habits have kept them fairly secretive until now. Despite many of us being told otherwise, science says snacking before bed can actually help you sleep. But before you grab the milkshake, there are a few things you need to know first.