Deep Sleep is in the 3rd stage of sleep. This is where your brain waves slow down, your heartbeat is at its lowest, and your body is in its restorative stage of sleep for your tissues, immune system, and muscle. It's also the most important stage of sleep. Not getting enough deep sleep can leave you feeling groggy and sluggish the next morning. Long term, it can lead to weight gain and increased difficulty in concentration and socializing. Here are 3 ways to help you get a deeper sleep.
Eat More Fiber
Overall, sleep and diet are extremely interconnected and directly affect each other. Now, studies have shown that eating more fiber and less saturated fats during the day leads to more time spent in deep sleep. Studies have also shown that eating a diet that’s lower in saturated fat and higher in protein helps you fall asleep faster.
Create a Bedtime Routine
We’re constantly talking about bedtime routines here at Perfectly Snug, but that’s because they’re important! Setting a relaxing bedtime routine helps your brain get into sleep and relaxation mode and avoid sleep anxiety - the cycle of anxious thoughts before going to bed, and racing thoughts.
Block Out Light
Consider investing in blackout blinds or simply a sleeping eye mask. Blocking out light helps prevent unwanted light from keeping you up when you’re trying to fall asleep, or waking you up too early in the morning when your body isn’t fully ready to be awake yet.