Hacks to Improve Your Sleep Schedule
Are PCOS and sleep linked with each other?
Isn’t a good night’s sleep the best gift your body can give you? Just imagine, you wake up from a straight 8-hour slumber. You don’t remember any of your top troubles of the week. It’s almost like you woke up as a new person. Reborn. 2nd Innings. Healed Version Alpha. Brand New You.
What if we told you that a good night’s sleep can be the best gift you can give to your body especially if you have PCOS?
PCOS and sleep are interrelated. Women who have PCOS symptoms could be at a greater risk of anxiety and depression both of which can potentially lead to sleep deprivation. PCOS can cause insulin resistance that can lead to Type-II Diabetes which is also related to sleep problems.
Improving sleeping patterns can help women manage their PCOS symptoms in a better way.
Since PCOS and sleep are inter-linked, we present to you the top 5 Golden hacks to improving sleep hygiene and tackle PCOS in a better way:
1. Get into the mood!
Because why not? It’s important to please your body and your mind by sleeping wonderfully well. Clear the clutter, set up your own bed, and make your sleeping environment dark, cool and calm.
2. Cut down on screen time
This has to be a difficult one! In the last decade, a lot of us have gotten conditioned to scroll ourselves to sleep. If you want to make ‘mission sleep well’ possible, cut down on your screen time, and keep all your devices away, at least 60 minutes before bedtime. Instead of refreshing your timeline, this could be the perfect time to curl up with a book that has always been on your to-do list!
3. Limit your caffeine intake
Research has shown that consuming caffeine close to bedtime can negatively interfere with our sleeping patterns by delaying the onset of sleep! If you are into caffeinated drinks, try consuming them during the mornings instead.
4. Practice Breathing Exercises & Meditation
Breathing exercises and meditation can help you feel calmer and practicing these regularly can help reduce restlessness. If you find it difficult to concentrate, there are also several audiobooks and podcasts for guided meditation and deep sleep stories! Lastly, putting on white noise music in the background can also help fade out all those pesky thoughts about your to-do list!
5. Herbal teas all the way
To improve your sleep hygiene, go for herbal teas. Chamomile tea contains antioxidants that help you relax and sleep well. Herbal tea remedies have beneficial effects on women suffering from insomnia caused by PCOS.
Good sleep is therefore very much important for your overall well-being. Take a hot bath 2-3 hours before bedtime, clear the clutter out of your room, stay away from using your phone before going to bed, and you’re on your way to counting sheep before you know it!