This week we are focusing on another pillar of health: Sleep.
November seems to be one of those months where everyone I seem to speak with is struggling to get enough good quality snooze time. And according to research, over 40% of the population struggle to sleep throughout the year.
Do you sometimes wish that you could just sleep through to Christmas?
As months go, it can be pretty depressing; grey skies, Blue Monday, everyone’s coughing and sniffing. Ironically, although we’d love to hibernate, getting to sleep at this time of year can be complicated.
Being back at work after the holidays means more screen time and with that an increased exposure to blue light, which we now know suppresses natural melatonin levels (the sleep hormone), disrupts the circadian rhythm and makes it harder to switch off in the evening.
Disrupted sleep has close links to mental health. Not only is your confidence knocked by waking up and not looking and feeling your best, the inability to get to sleep also generates anxiety. This type of anxiety is unfortunately self-perpetuating. The less you sleep the more anxious you become about getting to sleep and therefore the less you sleep. According to the Mental Health Foundation, 40% of people in the UK are currently suffering from sleep related disorders.
We, at My Detox Diet, believe that good nutrition can have a big impact on the quality of our sleep – ensuring that you are reducing caffeine, alcohol and sugar in your diet as well as stocking up on key nutrients that induce sleep (Vitamin C, Tryptophan, Potassium, Melatonin and Vitamin B6) is a good place to start.
Want to sleep better? Why not let us help you set new intentions for the year ahead by signing up to one of our vegan food packages, designed around the four pillars of overall wellbeing: mind, movement, sleep and nutrition. We offering everything from 4 day kick starter to 30 day life changers. November is world vegan month and a great time to break the cycle. Don’t jump on the New Year New You bandwagon, just start now!