9 Steps to Better Sleep

By
Elise Museles
Serene lady relaxing and meditating as preparation for a great night's sleep

When it comes to dramatically improving health, reducing stress, and impacting the quality of life, sleep is a superfood! And it may seem like a no-brainer, but everything improves when you’re well-rested. Yet, most of us aren’t getting enough ZZZs, including me!

Lack of sleep has a cumulative effect. It reduces immunity and slows down metabolism. It makes you more prone to stress and raises your cortisol levels. It makes you grumpy and irritable and likely to make less-than-great decisions, including choices with food.

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