My podcast next week is on emotional eating and ways to identify, prevent, and overcome using food as a weapon against stress, fear, or other emotions. One of the tips for reducing stress is to sleep enough. When we aren’t getting enough sleep, our stress goes up and it affects our hormone that sets off craving and one that regulates normal feelings of hunger and fullness. Basically, our lack of sleep leads to stress and sets the stage for an emotional overeating episode.
So do you best to get in the required sleep your body needs to do its job well and keep you functioning at 100%!
Tips for a sweet night of shut eye:
1. Create a bedtime routine so your body can begin winding down. (hot cup of tea, reading a book, warm bath)
2. Eat at least 3 hours before lying down to prevent sleeping on a full stomach.
3. Dim lights in your home and resist the urge to play on your computer, tablet, phone or watch television right before falling asleep. The artificial lights and images have your brain awake and at full speed making it difficult for you to fall asleep.
4. Remove electronics and any lights from the room to create a dark space for you to sleep uninterrupted.
I’ve tried these and do fairly well except number #3. Yes, I’m guilty like most of Americans but I’m taking steps to eliminate some of those things and limit it little by little.
Listen to my upcoming podcast “My Kale Kids” through www.thesurvivalmomradio.com or iTunes for the entire episode on Emotional Eating and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a show!