10 Lifestyle Changes That Will Fix Your Sleeping Habits #GetMoreBeautyRest

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Disclosure: I received the Beautyrest Recharge Hybrid mattress from Simmons for this post. No additional compensation was provided, nor did I promise a positive feedback. All opinions are my own.

If you are a self-proclaimed Queen of Caffeine, you’ll personally be shocked at the truth I’m about to reveal to you:

You don’t need coffee to get an energized start to your day.

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Its true! Don’t believe me? Make the following lifestyle changes to start every day feeling healthy and energized.  We all know that getting a good night’s sleep not only helps us feel our best, but also look our best.  When it comes to beauty, remember it’s all about that beauty rest.  Which ultimately starts with where you rest your head. If you’re not getting good sleep at night, it might be because of your mattress.

Get your beauty rest. If you find yourself waking up still feeling tired, it’s probably because you aren’t taking the proper measures to ensure the best possible beauty rest.

Lifestyle change #1:  The only way to get more sleep is to actually get more sleep. Start with where you rest your head. If you’re not getting good sleep at night, it might also be because of your mattress. I recently upgraded to the Beautyrest Recharge Hybrid mattress and it is absolutely amazing! The mattress is designed for recharging, energizing sleep. If you’re in the market for a new bed, I highly recommend it.

Check it out at on their website, facebook and twitter.  Plus, read what others have to say on Twitter by searching for the hashtag #GetYourBeautyrest

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Lifestyle change #2: If your room is like a cave, turn on some lights in the morning or leave the shades open. Light is what tells our internal alarm clock that it’s time to start the day. By stimulating sunlight, your body will be fooled into thinking that its ready to go.

Lifestyle change #3: Do you sleep with your phone, laptop or tablet nearby? Don’t. Give yourself a break from technology for the night. If they’re plugged in next to your bed, there’s a good chance that you’ll be distracted from your sleep whenever the screen lights up.

Lifestyle change #4: Live like the snooze button doesn’t exist. When you press snooze and grab a few extra minutes of sleep, researchers say that it’ll actually make you feel groggier. Don’t even give it a second thought and get out of bed when you first wake up.

Lifestyle change #5: Get your body moving right when you wake up. Do some morning yoga, stretch, go for a quick walk or just dance around your bedroom when you’re getting ready. Our bodies are meant to move and they love the endorphins. Fuel your body. If you want your body to feel healthy and energized, you have to feed it healthy and energizing foods.

Lifestyle change #6: Drink more water. It’s the easiest switch to make and it’ll make a huge difference! Try carrying around a refillable water bottle as a reminder to drink more often.

Lifestyle change #7: Start your day with protein. Protein-rich breakfasts help your brain cells function properly and fight the sleepy, morning daze. Beginning the day with a protein-packed meal will also help curve cravings throughout the day.

Lifestyle change #8: Don’t eat a lot right before bed. You’ve probably heard the old rule “don’t eat after 8 p.m.” But if you’re hungry, don’t starve yourself! Keep late night bites light and fewer than 200 calories so you won’t feel bloated and tired in the morning.

Lifestyle change #9: Choose foods high in antioxidants. Antioxidants fight off the chemicals in our systems that cause fatigue and illness. Eat more berries, veggies and other plant-based foods to make sure you’re getting the necessary amount of antioxidants.

Lifestyle change #10: Just give up on dieting already. Most of the time, diet means deprivation. You’re depriving yourself of the necessary energy your body needs to run, thus slowing down your metabolism to try and conserve energy necessary for internal function. Basically, it’ll drain you of the energy needed to be active in order to provide your organs with the energy needed to survive.

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