Go to Sleep Already!

hotel, travel, relationships, and happiness concept - happy coupAccording to a 2014 study by the Center for Disease Control, an estimated 50 to 70 million U.S. adults suffer from sleep deprivation. This isn’t very surprising since our society considers sleep a luxury, not a necessity.

In an effort to cram as much as possible into our days, we are putting our health in harm’s way. The mind and body repair themselves while we sleep. So missing out on sleep can affect anything — from behavior to physical health.

The National Institute of Health recommends that adults get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep each night. But it’s also important to remember that sleep requirements aren’t the same for everyone. Some may need a mere 6 hours a night, while others require at least 8 hours a night to even function the next day.

Here are some expert tips for achieving a restful night’s sleep:

  1. Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night, and get up at the same time each morning.
  2. Bedtime snack. Eating a small snack filled with protein and carbs will prevent hunger pangs from waking you.
  3. Limit liquids. Cutting back on beverage consumption 3 hours before bedtime will help you avoid those middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom.
  4. Bedtime routine. Establish a bedtime routine that includes dim lighting and decreased/eliminated noise disturbances.
  5. Avoid caffeine. Since caffeine can hang out in your body for more than 6 hours, switch to decaf during the second half of the day.

With anything and everything vying for our attention nowadays, it is important to implement a plan to ensure you get the best sleep possible. So put down your smartphone and go to sleep already!

 

Categories: Health