Adequate sleep is imperative to a healthy lifestyle. We should all commit to getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night, optimally 8 hours.
Have trouble reaching this goal? Start with these steps:
-Turn off the tv and put away your phone at least an hour before bedtime. The blue light stimulates your brain and makes it tough to shut down for the night.
-Stick to a sleep schedule of the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends. This helps to regulate your body’s clock and could help you fall asleep and stay asleep for the night.
I have 2 little ones, and one of the biggest pieces of advice I was given when they were born was to set a bedtime routine. This is still important to us grown-ups. Set a routine that includes things like brushing your teeth, washing your face, reading, or stretching.
Even light exercise will help you fall asleep and stay asleep, but vigorous exercise is best. Don’t let exercise interfere with your sleep though. Some people can’t exercise right before bedtime, but that is one of my only times to workout.
Experts say your bedroom should be cool – between 60 and 67 degrees. Your bedroom should also be free from any noise that can disturb your sleep. Consider running a fan or white noise machine. Finally, your bedroom should be free from any light. We added blackout shades to all our bedrooms a few years ago and it has made a world of difference.
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