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Three Ways to Create Calmness Before Bed

By Mae Elizabeth

The information provided herein is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be construed as medical advice or to replace professional medical care. You should always seek the advice of a medical professional before starting any new medication or dietary supplement, as well as when starting new exercise regimens. The opinions stated herein are those solely of the writer, who has been compensated by the up4® Probiotics brand, and do not portray the opinions of the brand, i-Health, Inc. or DSM.

We all know how important sleep is, yet how many of us actually get a full eight hours of high-quality sleep a night? Some of us might make it a priority with exceptions here and there. Perhaps you’re going on an exciting trip and you can’t fall asleep, or you choose to go to a late-night concert, or maybe you’re a new parent. Whatever your reason, we have all gone nights without getting the full eight hours. But what about those of us who haven’t had a full eight hours in months, or even years?

Scientists are finding that lack of sleep can increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and the common cold. Our immune health needs all the support it can get, and sleep plays a major role. Other ways to support your immune health are with healthy foods, exercise and up4® Probiotics.* Health is a big deal, and it’s time we make it a real priority.

With the hustle and bustle of today’s world, I get that it might be hard to unwind after a crazy day. Here are a few things that help me and I hope help you!

  1. Yoga. I don’t mean the fast flow kind right before bed, but rather a slow, deep stretch where you’re really focusing on the breath. There are so many good sleep-specific yoga YouTube videos out there for beginners, so you can literally take 10 minutes to yourself in the comfort of your own home (in pajamas) to relax.
  2. Meditate. I get that this one is daunting for a lot of people, but like with anything, the more you do it, the better you get at it. Again, there are plenty of free guided meditations on YouTube or several good apps you can download on your phone. There are sleep-specific ones that are great and are always my go-to when I’m struggling the most.
  3. Gratitude Journaling. This is honestly one of my favorite things I’ve ever incorporated into my life, and I’ve talked more about it here (insert link to gratitude blog). Taking the time to write about the positive points that happened in your day and focusing on the good calms your mind and lessens those anxious thoughts that keep you awake.

We all live hectic lives these days, but it’s time we take hold of our health through proper nutrition, exercise and plenty of sleep, and support our immune system with up4® Probiotics.* We work hard for our families, career and home, but we can’t forget about numero uno—our own bodies.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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