Sleep is so very important to daily function. So, why is it that, when schedules get crazy, it’s the first thing that suffers? This year, we’re catching some much needed rest and making sleep a priority in order to improve our overall health.
Getting the sleep your body needs is so much more then feeling rested. Many bodily functions involving your brain, heart, lungs, and muscles all need proper amounts of rest in order to recover from working hard throughout your waking hours. The National Sleep Foundation suggests that the average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep each night in order to feel and operate at their best. Are you getting the sleep that you need? Depending on your life stage, this number may not be attainable (hang in there all you new moms), but it should be a priority if you can. Start getting more sleep so you can be your best with these helpful tips:
1. Turn your bedroom into an oasis that is calming and free from stress to promote rest. Invest in a quality bed that is supportive and bedding made of natural fibers that will keep you cool and comfortable through the night. Remove distracting items like technology from your room and invest in an alarm clock that isn’t your phone.
2. Create an evening routine to help you unwind from the day. Try a hot bath or stretching to relax muscles. Spend some time in meditation, read a book, and turn off technology a few hours before bed. Find what works best for you. As you become more consistent, your body will naturally pick up on your sleep triggers and be more ready for sleep by the time your head hits the pillow.
3. Get your body on a sleep schedule. Decide what times you need to go to sleep and wake up in order to get a full night of rest. Stick to your schedule as much as possible, even on weekends. The more consistent you are the easier it will be for your body to get on a sleep cycle.
4. Exercise regularly. This tip may seem counter intuitive since exercising releases endorphins that give you energy, but it also helps give you a better night’s sleep. Go for an evening walk or get in a tough workout throughout the day. Whatever you do, move your body for at least 30 minutes.
As important as these tips are, you also need to be aware of sneaky sleep disrupters. Food and beverages are a big one, especially caffeine. Stay away from caffeinated drinks in the afternoon and avoid the temptation of a late night snack. Also, try to disconnect from technology at least two hours before bed to allow your mind to calm and prepare for sleep.
Have a bedtime routine you love? A favorite herbal tea? Comment below or find us on social and share your favorite relaxation rituals so we can try them for ourselves. Sweet dreams!