The Importance of Sleep on the Paleo Diet

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 The proper amount of sleep is crucial for our optimum performance. Whether we are working, playing, or doing a little of both, energy is needed to move and have a clear mental focus. If you are not getting enough sleep, your performance will suffer. This is especially true when you are on the Paleo diet. You will be burning more calories and moving more efficiently, and this requires the proper rest for your muscles.

Benefits of a good night’s sleep

The advantages of getting a good amount of sleep simply can’t be beat. You can improve your health and your mental focus with eight hours of shuteye a night. Check out these other benefits of a good night’s sleep:

  • Brain function is improved
  • Immune system works its magic
  • Skin repairs itself
  • Memory is improved
  • Creativity is harnessed
  • Better physical performance

As you can see, there are many benefits that you will experience from good sleep. But what if you are an insomniac? Getting a good night’s sleep may sound a lot easier than it really is.

Tips to ensure a good night’s rest

The Paleo diet and sleep go hand in hand. In today’s busy world, it can be a real challenge to ensure that you get at least eight hours of sleep every night. Unfortunately, sleep can be far down your list of priorities if you lead a hustle and bustle lifestyle. In reality, sleep should not take a backseat. Ensuring you get a full night’s sleep should be a main priority when you’re on the Paleo diet.

Check out the following tips to ensure a good night’s rest:

Sleep in darkness. A dark room will help you fall asleep quickly and wake up at a normal time. This is because our body’s sleep rhythms are very responsive to light. Close all curtains and blinds and turn off all electronics. You can also sleep with an eye pillow or sleeping mask to make sure your eyes are covered.

Turn off TVs and electronics at least 2 hours before bedtime. Your computer and television along with your smart phone gives off light that can disturb your natural sleep patterns and melatonin production. It’s best to turn off all electronic devices a few hours before you go to bed for better sleep.

Get your bedroom at the best temperature. Because sleep and room temperature are directly associated with one another, you want to try to get your room at the best temperature setting. You don’t want it too hot or too cold. Somewhere between 65 and 72 degrees is optimal, but this isn’t a hard and fast rule for everyone.

Refrain from eating a heavy dinner. One of the worst things you can do is eat a heavy meal before bedtime because your body will digest it while you are trying to sleep. It’s best to eat a light dinner at least three hours before bedtime. If you get hungry after dinner, try eating some nuts or a piece of fruit.


James Christopher, Creative Writer