Although most of us know that eating healthy and exercising regularly are important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, many of us underestimate the importance of getting enough sleep.
Go to bed a half hour earlier than normal tonight.
Most people don’t get enough sleep. Adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night to reap the following benefits:
Here are some tips to help you get a good nights sleep:
- Stick to a Sleep Schedule
- going to bed at the same time each night, and getting up at the same time each morning – even on weekends – sets your bodies internal clock to expect to sleep at a certain time each night
- Pay Attention to What You Eat and Drink
- don’t go to bed hungry to stuffed – you’re discomfort may keep you up
- limit how much you drink before bed to avoid having to pee in the middle of the night
- avoid caffeine and nicotine – both are stimulants and can produce alerting effects. Although they may not keep you up, they are most likely disrupting your sleep.
- avoid alcohol – although alcohol is a depressant, it actually disrupts sleep causing nighttime awakenings
- Establish a Regular Bedtime Routine
- do the same things each night to let your body know its time to wind down
- take a bath, read a book or meditate
- avoid stressful and stimulating activities
- Get Some Exercise
- regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster and help you sleep more soundly
- be sure not to exercise too close to bedtime – you may be too energized to fall asleep!
Going to bed early is not a problem for me! I love being in bed 9, I read for a bit and most nights I’m out cold before 10 – it’s great I get at least 8 hours of quality sleep!
How much sleep do you get each night?
What’s your usual nighttime routine?