How to improve your sleep

One of the most common complaints with clients is that they would like better quality sleep and that they are not waking up feeling refreshed, instead waking up feeling as if they have not slept a wink all night.

A good nights sleep, not only getting a certain amount of sleep, but the quality of sleep that we get is vital to our health in so many aspects. It has been shown numerous times that not getting the 7-8 hours of sleep per night can lead to excess weight gain and obesity as a study published by the National Institutes of Health states that poor sleep quality leads to decreased glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity and increased levels of the hunger hormone Ghrelin leading to overeating.

A study in Sciences Journal also shows how a lack of sleep and decreased sleep quality affects our both short and long term memory, concentration and cognition.

In order to combat this and help get a more restful nights sleep here are 6 tip to help you wake feeling refreshed.

Take a Magnesium supplement before bed

The mineral magnesium has many uses within the body such as to help your muscles recover after a long training session, has been used to help treat ADHD, leg cramps, depression, diabetes, migraines and PMS. Especially if you've trained in the afternoon/ at night, a magnesium supplement before bed will further help your muscles repair and regenerate overnight so you won't wake up the next morning aching from your gym session. Magnesium has also been shown to help moderate the fight or flight response so helps to reduce stress and calms the mind while also helping to reduce chronic pain.

Have an epsom salt bath

I challenge you to take a epsom salt bath at night just before bed then not have an amazing sleep. Epson Salt or Magnesium Sulphate is yes just another form of magnesium, however, as it is getting soaked directly through the skin straight to the muscles and joints and not having to be broken down by the body's systems on it's way to the muscles, it will not only get to the affected areas quicker but also a larger amount of the mineral will be able to be absorbed through your skin and to the areas that need it the most.