Many people nowadays have lives that are non-stop and constantly moving. Although it is good to keep yourself busy, it’s not good if this routine is interfering with your sleep. Losing a couple hours of sleep here and there may not seem like a big deal but long term sleep loss can have a negative effect on your overall well-being. A healthy amount of sleep for the average adult should be between 7-8 hours per night. Those who sleep less than 6 hours per night are more likely to experience health issues. A lack of sleep is also tied to an increased risk of heart and kidney disease, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, and diabetes.
A good night’s sleep is extremely important as it helps one be their best!
- Sharpens Memory
- Reduces Levels of Inflammation
- Spurs Creativity
- Curbs Hunger
- Improves Athletic Performance, Grades, and Productivity at Work
- Sharpens Attention and Decision Making Skills
- Helps With Maintaining A Healthy Weight
- Builds Up A Better Immune System
- Decreases Levels of Stress and Depression
Not sure how to start training your body to get more shut eye? Here are some helpful pointers:
Schedule Your Sleep!
Make a point to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day of the week, even over the weekend. This will help to create a regular sleep-wake cycle.
Adopt Some Pre-Sleep Habits
Turn off the TV, take a warm bath or shower, listen to relaxing music, or lie down with a book an hour before you go to bed every night. This will let your body know that it is nearing bedtime.
Steer away from caffeine, chocolate or nicotine as these will keep you up past your bedtime. Instead, try drinking chamomile tea or something warm that does not have contain caffeine.
Exercise on a Regular Basis
Doing some form of physical activity throughout the day can help you fall asleep quicker at night. Exercise also stimulates a deeper sleep. Just make sure you do not exercise too close to bedtime as you may be too energized to fall asleep.
Keep the Bedroom Comfy
Select a mattress that feels the most comfortable for your body. Be sure to keep your room slightly cool, quiet, and dark to allow you to fall asleep faster as well.