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Your holiday party is coming up on Friday, and you totally need some rest. Here, seven ways to maximize the quality of your zzzz’s before the weekend. You got this.
Three hours before bed is a good rule of thumb. If you have to eat late, make a lighter meal that’s free of saturated fats. (Yes, this means no night cheese.)
If you’re suffering from insomnia, your melatonin levels—which basically help regulate your sleep/wake cycle—may be off. A supplement (like this one) an hour before bed can help increase melatonin production so that you drift off on time.
Ambiance matters. And since light can inhibit your body’s production of melatonin, this is an easy way to cue your body that sleep is on the horizon.
Sure, we all know that blue light—aka the kind radiating from your from laptop screen—is a pre-sleep no-no. But so are shows that stress you out. (We’re talking to you, Westworld and Black Mirror.)
We’re not suggesting you stumble and hurt yourself, but relying on a night-light to cast a soft glow vs. switching on your crazy bright LEDs can limit sleep disruptions and keep you in the nighttime zone.
Alcohol can mess with our sleep cycle, blah-blah-blah, you know the drill. The trick is to indulge in a glass (or two) of red at an earlyish hour, so your body can metabolize it well before you hit the hay.
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