Most of us do know that getting a good night’s sleep is important, but too few of us actually make those eight or so hours a priority. For many of us with sleep debt , we’ve forgotten what “being really, truly rested” feels like. To further complicate matters, stimulants like coffee and energy drinks, alarm clocks, and lights – including those from electronic devices – interfere with our “circadian rhythm” or natural sleep/wake cycle. Sleep needs vary and are especially impacted by lifestyle and health.
If you answered YES to some of the above then it is time to…make sure you are getting enough!
To begin a new path towards a healthier lifestyle, once you have answered the questions above start to further assess your own individual needs and habits, for instance see how you respond to different amounts of sleep. Pay careful attention to your mood, energy and health after a poor night’s sleep versus a good one. Ask yourself, “How often do I get a good night’s sleep?” And keep reminding yourself that like good nutrition and activity levels, sleep is a critical component to overall health.
So, to pave the way for better sleep, try following these simple yet effective tips:
To summarise, if you are interested in improving your overall health and wellbeing then it’s time to make sure you are getting enough and to make sleep a priority. Schedule sleep like any other daily activity. Put it on your “to-do list” and don’t make it the thing you do only after everything else is done – stop doing other things so you get the sleep you need! And don’t just listen to us,
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