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If you have, then you know just how critical adequate sleep is to your energy level, mood and focus. But did you know that a lack of sleep could have a major impact on your waistline as well? One study found that getting too little sleep could cause you to eat 385 more calories each day – that’s enough to cause a 40-pound weight gain in one year!

Insomnia can be frustrating, but you don’t have to suffer through it. There are easy, natural ways that you can improve your quality and quantity of sleep without having to turn towards medications that will leave you feeling groggy the next day. Not only can improving sleep let you feel more energized and alert, but it may have a positive impact on your waistline as well.

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Swap your nightcap for a glass of tart cherry juice

It may sound relaxing, but a nightcap may be harming your sleep more than helping it. Alcohol can prevent you from reaching the deep stage of sleep, known as REM sleep, that allows you to feel well-rested the next day. Try swapping out that glass of wine for a refreshing glass of tart cherry juice instead. This juice is rich in antioxidants while containing a natural source of melatonin, the chemical your body needs to help regulate your natural sleep cycle. Researchers found by drinking a glass of tart cherry juice twice daily, sleep time was increased by as much as 90 minutes in adults who suffered from insomnia.

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Trade your melatonin supplement for Swisse Ultiboost Sleep

When stress is high, your mind may race, making it hard to fall asleep. But this isn't the only downside of stress. As stress rises, so does the stress hormone cortisol. When elevated, this hormone can make it harder for the body to produce melatonin. Taking melatonin as a supplement only replaces your body’s natural production of the sleep hormone, forcing the body to rely on additional supplementation. Instead Swisse Ultiboost Sleep combines a blend of valerian, hops and magnesium, which work together to restore your body’s natural sleep cycle. Hops and valerian work synergistically together to relax and calm the nervous system promoting a more restful sleep, while all three work to lower cortisol levels. As stress hormone levels lower, your body is better able to naturally release melatonin – allowing you to fall asleep and stay asleep.

 

Make a healthy nighttime snack

If you struggle to unwind and relax at the end of a busy day, a small cup of yogurt topped with a sprinkling of whole grain cereal may be just what you need to promote a restful night. Yogurt is rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which has been shown to have a calming effect on mood. Carbohydrate-rich foods, like whole grain cereal, can trigger the release of serotonin, the feel good chemical in the brain. This combination may boost your mood while allowing you to feel more relaxed – a perfect combination for a good night’s rest.