The Keys to a Good Night’s Sleep
With school back in session, it’s time to get back on track with your sleep schedule. Our busy lives can make it hard to prioritize sleep, especially this time of year. Yet, sleep is an essential and underestimated element of health. It affects our productivity, mood, and overall health and wellbeing. Lack of sleep is associated with adverse health outcomes like cardiovascular disease and early mortality. Simply put, if you’re not sleeping well, you’re not living well!
Here are some tips to help set you up for a good night’s sleep.
Log seven hours of sleep per night. Experts recommend 7 hours of sleep for adults. Make sure to set a bed time and wake up time that will allow you to log this many hours of Z’s.
Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. Sleeping in on the weekends won’t make up for your lack of sleep during the week. Our body’s circadian rhythm dictates when we naturally fall asleep and wake up. By setting a regular schedule and sticking to it, you can train yourself to sleep well all week long!
Avoid blue light before bed. Watching television, looking at your phone, or computer emits blue light that tells our brains to wake up and stay alert. This interferes with our ability to fall asleep. Put away all technology devices before bed and do a relaxing activity like reading a book or meditating instead.
Don’t hit snooze. When your alarm goes off in the morning it is very tempting to hit the snooze button for those extra few minutes of sleep. But actually, you’re not doing yourself any favors hitting snooze because your body will only return to a very light and low quality sleep. Try getting up right away, and exposing yourself to natural light that will help to wake you up.
Follow these tips for better sleep and let us know how you feel!