Unless you have ever been among those that don’t get enough sleep, you may not realize just how important sleep really is. As babies, we sleep all the time. As teens, we sleep at every opportunity. As young adults and older, we begin to get less and less sleep, and the little that we do get tends to be of less quality. Getting enough sleep, however, is vital to our overall health and well-being. If you’re not getting the amount or the quality of sleep that you desire, check out these tips for resting like a baby.
You don’t have to be so busy that you don’t have any extra time, but it is definitely important to stay active. If you sit all day in front of the tv, you’ll be surprised at how difficult it becomes to fall asleep at night. Why would your body or your brain want to wind down and rest when it hasn’t actually done anything. Get up and stay busy. Go to work, workout, go for walks, visit with friends, get a hobby. Just stay active.
Turn Off Your Phone
This is one of the hardest things for so many people. Our phones are almost like another appendage. We don’t want to put them down. We want them on us at all times. This hyper connection, however, is terrible for sleep. If you want your brain to power down, then power down the phone and other electronic devices. If you don’t your brain will stay moving, and the temptation to reach for the nearest electronic device will stay strong. If you can’t do without, at least put your phone on vibrate on the nightstand, but kick the rest of the devices out of the bedroom.
When you go to bed at random times and wake up at random times, your body is thrown for a loop. How can you expect your body to wind down when it never knows when it is time to be asleep or awake? If you really want to improve your sleep, improve your sleeping habits. Go to bed at the same time every night, or at least within an hour time span. Similarly, wake up at the same time everyday, even if it is your day off. Doing this will help your body learn the appropriate cues that it needs to wind down and wake up without as much help.
Getting enough sleep can make or break your quality of life. When we get enough, we generally feel good. When we don’t, we feel tired, run down, achy, and generally ill at ease. Use these tips to help yourself get a higher amount and a higher quality of sleep in order to stay healthy and happy in life.
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