Sleep is a superpower and so important for weight loss! Quality sleep and a healthy sleep routine is important not only for weight loss but for your mental and physical health too. While we sleep at night our body and brain are hard at work - our liver detoxifies, the brain works to rejuvenate and form new neural pathways, and our muscles repair and restore. When our bodies get adequate sleep, we have better hormone regulation, including the hormones that regulate appetite. When you are sleep deprived the body produces more ghrelin, an appetite stimulating hormone and reduces the production of leptin, an appetite suppressing hormone. It's a double whammy!
I have some products that I truly love and use as part of my nightly routine to ensure a restful and restorative sleep. Sleep is a superpower!
Top 10 favorites for a good night's sleep
The first 3 products are from CBDistillery. I have used their products for a few years now and feel they really help me get to sleep faster, stay asleep loner, and wake up rested. You can use code LIZ at checkout for 20% off your order (oh, and first time shoppers receive 25% off their first order).
Sleep Synergy Gummies
These sleep gummies are amazing. They contain CBD and CBN which promote relaxation ahead of sleep. Use code LIZ at checkout for 20% your order.
Sleep Synergy Tincture
If you don't love, or don't want to eat gummies before bed, I'd recommend giving CBDistillery's Sleep Synergy Tinture oil a try.
Broad Spectrum CBD Gummies + Melatonin
These gummies don't contain any THC and have 2 mg melatonin, which is a natural sleep aid that can help you fall asleep more easily and wake up feeling refreshed.
So, Olive (my puppy) is my weighted blanket these days, but this one from Bearby is a great choice. When we drop into deeper levels of sleep, it can be a time when we move in disruptive ways that can wake up from that deep sleep. A weighted blanket helps minimize movement and can keep you asleep through the night. It can naturally help your body increase serotonin and melatonin. This weighted blanket is unique because it is knitted, making it a more breathable fiber so it's perfect for all seasons.
White noise sound machine
I use this cost-effective sleep machine many nights and I even take it with me when I travel! It's light, portable, and helps me relax and fall asleep faster when I am in hotel rooms (it goes a great job of blocking out the noise from the hallways!).
Sleep Stories on the Calm app
These are a great way to relax the mind and prepare it for sleep.
I take a magnesium supplement each night. I get mine at Costco, the Nature Made brand is a great choice. One note - make sure the magnesium is Magnesium Citrate or Magnesium Glycinate.
These next few products I love and use for both relaxtion and sleep. Two Target100 weight program pillars in one!
Lavender Eucalyptus Pillow Spray
This gorgeous lavender eucalyptus pillow spray I pot on my pillow but also do a spritz in the shower and also my office - I find it so relaxing! I really do love the smell. It is great for winding down, promoting calm, stress relief, and encouraging sleep.
A great way to wind down for bedtime is taking a warm bath with Epsom salts. If you get the variety that had added magnesium it can really help promote sleep. The warm bath and infused salts help calm the central nervous system. I often choose the variety that also has melatonin added in for a really peaceful bedtime routine.
It's a classic, a cup of tea after dinner time to help unwind and relax. Sleeptime varieties are great as they often contain valerian root which helps promote sleep.
When building your sleep routine to promote weight loss and wellness, remember to set a nightly reminder of when you should begin getting ready for bed. It's a small trigger that will remind you not to keep scrolling or to continue binge-watching or working later into the evening than planned. Do your best to honor that alarm to keep your sleep cycle normal!