Get better sleep. Ha! It’s something I used to scoff at when my doctor would suggest more sleep could help increase my energy levels, and might even decrease my daily stress as well. “I don’t need more sleep!” I told myself. I’d grown used to years of working graveyard shifts, staying up late and bouncing right back up in the morning.
How Much Sleep Do I Need?
In my younger years I could pull all-nighters and still rise and shine without skipping a beat. But somewhere between my first and second baby I lost my magical super-powers. Suddenly five, even six hours just wasn’t cutting it anymore. I couldn’t shake the exhaustion from staying up late. My lack of sleep was making me impatient, short-fused, cranky! And everyone else at home suffered as well!
So I decided to consult the sleep therapists and dig into what the experts say about getting better sleep. Surprisingly, it isn’t that hard to do! Most people don’t need supplements or sleep aids as much as a few lifestyle changes….
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t get enough sleep. And if you’re not getting enough sleep, that’s taking a toll on your health. Lack of sleep has been linked to a wide variety of health problems, including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. But it’s not just your health that suffers when you don’t get enough sleep – your productivity and work performance also take a hit. So how can you make lifestyle changes to improve your sleep? In this blog post, we will discuss some tips for getting better sleep!
How to Get More Sleep
- Try not to eat after 7pm. Eating late at night can make it difficult to fall asleep and can also lead to weight gain. If you must eat late, try to keep it light and healthy.
- Cut back on caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant and can therefore make it difficult to fall asleep. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try cutting back on caffeine. Do not consume caffeine in the late afternoon or evening, limit your intake to mornings only.
- Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is important for overall health, but it can also help you sleep better. Drinking water during the day will help you stay hydrated and will also make you less likely to wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.
- Move your bedtime up 30 minutes. If you’re having trouble falling asleep at night, try moving your bedtime up by 30 minutes. This will help you get to sleep earlier and will also help you wake up feeling more rested. Start with 30 minutes a night. You can increase from there, but just adding 30 minutes will be an easy start to getting more sleep.
- No screen time before bed. Blue light from screens can disrupt your circadian rhythm and make it difficult to fall asleep. If you’re using a phone, tablet, or computer before bed, try to limit your screen time to 30 minutes or less. You can also download a blue light filter for your devices. Don’t bring electronics into bed.
Get Better Sleep
Making just these few changes allowed me to get more sleep, and more importantly better sleep. Sleep is important, no matter what age you are. Not getting enough sleep can have serious effects on your health and happiness. Make sleep a priority so you can be your best self, for you and the one’s you love!
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