Do You Need a Sleep Makeover?
Do you sleep? … and no, I don’t mean “do you lay down in your bed and play with your iPhone”, I mean actually lying down and sleeping for 7 to 9 hours per night? Do you wake up rested? If not, then you aren’t getting the right amount of sleep for health. A healthy lifestyle requires that you get quality sleep each night.
Why is sleep so important?
There are actually several reasons. For one, sleep is the body’s time to relax and to recoup what it’s done all day. You need this time for your mind to. It’s the way that your mind works through problems. It’s the time that your body heals from the exertions of the day. It’s a time to restart, refresh and give yourself the best chance at improving tomorrow.Those that don’t get enough sleep are not capable of performing at their best physical or mental level. They aren’t able to improve the level at which they can function and they make bad mistakes. Stress hurts more, physical ailments hinder you more when you don’t get enough sleep.If you are having problems with sleeping, there are many ways that you can overcome them.
4 Tips to Getting a Better Night’s Sleep
• Reduce your stress levels during the day. Make sure you take the time to work out the stresses that you can’t get rid of. If something, or someone is bothering you- address it before you go to bed.
• Try to go to sleep at the same time everyday and give yourself as much time as necessary to feel rested.
• Don’t do stimulating things before bed such as watching television or working on a project. In fact, removing all electronics like your TV and your iPhone from the bedroom is best. The ratification blue light that comes off of these items is very stimulating to the brain and can block the release of melatonin, a chemical that tells your body to sleep. If you must read from an iPad or Kindle, make sure you have the “night mode” turned on to minimize the blue light exposure to your eyes.
• Don’t eat before bed, at least two hours beforehand… and keep your carbohydrates to a minimum. Carbohydrates in meals, and large meals in general tell your body to release insulin for absorption and this will block the sleep hormones from being released properly.
Tools to get Your Best Sleep
If you are facing problems with insomnia or are struggling to get to sleep, talk to your doctor about it. There may be an underlying medical condition that could be causing it. While it used to be that there were only sleeping medications that were addicting, today there are many medications and natural supplements that are not- which can offer you a night’s rest.
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