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Eat, Move, Sleep

It is based on belief that sleep is of the same importance to the two pillars of health - nutrition and movement. The 3 pillars of health—nutrition, movement and sleep. Not only is sleeping a huge part of our daily routine with some of us spending up to a 1/3 of our time sleeping, it plays a huge part in maintaining our energy levels, keeping our immune systems strong, along with our heart and brain health, and of course our digestion.

When we sleep, our bodies are working harder than when we are awake. During rest times the body regenerates and recuperates as well as digest and absorb. So when we have food to close to bedtime it can affect the quality of our sleep. Studies show that poor quality and quantity of sleep can result in metabolic dysregulation. Metabolism is the process your body uses to get or make energy from the food you eat. Your body can use this fuel right away, or it can store the energy in your body tissues, such as your liver, muscles, and body fat. A metabolic disorder occurs when abnormal chemical reactions in your body disrupt this process. There is a clear parallel between sleep and our gut. Poor sleep will cause our cortisol (stress hormone) levels to rise, which can negatively impact the belly with stomach pains, inflammation, bloating and intolerances.

Its essential to nurture an effective sleep routine that lends itself to the quality of our sleep cycle, and ensure that we are getting the best sleep that we can. Here are a few helpful tips you can try:

  1. Eat 2-3 hours before you go to bed which will help your digestion.

  2. Switch off devices at least 30 min - 1 hour before bedtime however hard it is.

  3. Create an environment that induces sleep like soft lights or a room spray, I use the Ilapothecary beat the blues , its completely natural - try it with Bernie15 for extra 15% discount off this amazing awarded product.

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