How often do you lie awake at night waiting to fall asleep? How many times do you wake up during the night? How often do you find it hard to stay awake in school or at work because you didn’t get a good night’s sleep? If you answered more than once per week to any of these questions you are not alone. The graph below displays how stress negatively affects our nation’s sleep patterns. Read on for tips to improve the quantity and quality of your sleep.
Sleep is the best rejuvenator for your body and it is a part of our daily restoration process. Without sleep we are useless! The amount of sleep you get affects your mood, your brain and bodily functions and so much more.
Get a minimum of 7 hours. Keep a consistent sleep schedule so that your body can get into the rhythm of developing a constant sleep pattern. Do your best to go to bed and wake up at relatively the same time every day. Try deep breathing exercises to calm your body down before bedtime.
Update your mattress. You should invest in a new mattress about every 7-10 years. It’s a big expense, but having a comfortable sleeping-sanctuary can be completely worth it to help you catch those z’s.
Drink lots of water. By drinking about six to eight glasses of water a day you are improving your immune functions to help stop viruses and bacteria from entering your system, so you are decreasing your risk of illness.
Exercise! Exercising is great for improving many health functions. Like I have previously mentioned, it can be an incredible stress reliever, and also improves immune system functions which help fend off illnesses. You should stop exercising a few hours before bedtime to avoid restlessness and give your body the time it needs to unwind from all physical activity.
Eat Well! Get all the fruits and veggies your body needs! By eating your 5-9 servings daily you are loading your body with important nutrients and antioxidants to keep you healthy.
For your body to function its best you need to take care of yourself. This means you need to exercise, drink plenty of water, eat healthy foods and SLEEP! When you have a combination of all of these aspects working together you will feel your best and your body will be in its prime.