Have you said “bye bye” to sleeping through the night?
Are you feeling exhausted or “running on stress hormones” all day?
Well, I have been!
Maybe you’ve heard that I’ve spent all summer creating on a new online program for Guts to Heal, and you would not believe the long hours and (too) early morning I’ve been pouring into it. Honestly, I love it, but it’s a lot of work, and worry, and sometimes I’m just too jazzed up to sleep.
You know it. That harsh, stingy, burny sensation at the back of your eyeballs. The falling backwards feeling when you close your eyes for longer than 3 seconds. That HORRIBLE sensation of wanting to fall asleep in your cozy, comfy bed... but NOW your eyes won't stay closed and your mind is racing with all. the. things. Oh, the horror!
Having a hard time sleeping through the night - even with all my knowledge of foods, the body, and the brain-gut connection – is obviously a challenge all humans share from time to time. So it made me what to take note and assess what I could be doing (or not doing) better.
So, listen up, fellow sleepyheads. I have some great tips (and an amazing recipe) for you!
The science of sleep is fascinating, complicated and growing
Sleep is this daily thing that we all do and yet we're just beginning to understand all of the ways it helps us and all of the factors that can affect it.
Lack of sleep affects just about everything in your body, mind and gut. People who get less sleep tend to be at higher risk for so many health issues like diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.
Lack of sleep also means lack of sleep for our gut bacteria, who sleep when we do, and since our bodies make more cortisol the less we sleep, we end up with slower metabolism, weight gain, hormone imbalance, and inflammation in the gut and body. All this impacts our moods, memory and decision-making skills!
Do you know that lack of sleep may even negate the health benefits of your exercise program? (Gasp!) OMG – What aspect of health does sleep not affect???
Knowing this it's easy to see the three main purposes of sleep:
Do you know how much sleep adults need? It's less than your growing kids need but you may be surprised that it's recommended that all adults get 7 - 9 hours a night. For real!
Try not to skimp!
(Don't worry, I have you covered with a bunch of actionable tips below.)
Tips for better sleep
So how many of these tips can you start implementing today? Maybe you have some other tricks you’d like to share? Post them now!!! Inquiring (sleep-deprived) minds want to know!
Recipe (Caffeine-free latte for your afternoon “coffee break”): Caffeine-Free Chai Latte
1 bag of rooibos chai tea (rooibos is naturally caffeine-free)
2 cups of boiling water
1 tablespoon tahini
1 tablespoon almond butter (creamy is preferred)
2 dates (optional)
Tip: You can try this with other nut or seed butters to see which flavour combination you like the best. Cashew butter anyone?
It Takes Guts Nutrition
Katanne Belisle RHN
Gut Health Specialist
Whitehorse, YT, CAN
What Clients Are Saying
"I was plagued by a myriad of digestive and inflammatory issues and after months of discomfort I was fortunate enough to meet Katanne. Her insight, intuition, knowledge and caring attention has made it possible for me to heal and thrive with a new understanding of the food I eat. I am now healthier, happier and have more energy than I have had in quite some time. " ~ Steve T.
"Katanne gives well balanced information versed in first hand experience and research. After seeing various health professionals over the years, doing my own research, trials and tribulations, I can (say) that this is the real deal, and that what she provides people is a holistic, realistic approach to healing oneself through food" ~ Elizabeth G.