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When people talk about improving their health, they always focus on exercise and diet. But people always seem to neglect one of the most important factors in maintaining your physical and mental wellbeing…
Sleep is how your body and mind recharge themselves after a long day of living. It is essential to keep your body functioning properly, to ensure your cognition and immune system are in working order, and that you have enough energy for the next day. If you don’t get your eight hours of sleep now and then, it shouldn’t matter too much. On the flip side if you regularly fail to get enough rest, your health will suffer.
You’ll notice your mental facilities aren’t as effective. It can be more challenging to complete tasks like calculations or concentrating on work. When I haven’t had much sleep, I lose stuff like my keys, purse, papers, and my head. Ok, maybe not my head only because it’s attached! LOL
Not enough sleep also makes you more prone to medical conditions like diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. Long term lack of sleep can also cause stress and worry, potentially leading to serious mental health issues like anxiety and depression. I even have a friend that has not been able to sleep well for most of his adult life and has problems with hallucinations. Without sleep, our bodies and minds suffer.
Sleep is essential for a healthy life. But how can you sleep better at night if you struggle? Here are 4 tips to help you.
Be sparing with sleeping pills
Some people use sleeping medication or CBD candies to help them drop off at night. Although these can be effective, they don’t get to the root of the problem. It’s much better to try to improve the quality of your sleep through natural methods where possible. If you do find yourself relying on sleeping pills, try to wean yourself off them. Otherwise, you will become increasingly dependent and it will be harder and harder for you to sleep without them.
Switch off screens
We’re all addicted to our smartphones. I feel like I should start a group like AA for this! We can all meet up on SnapChat. Oh wait… LOL Seriously though, this is having catastrophic effects on the quality and quantity of our sleep. Devices with screens emit a blue light which keeps our brains wired and makes it harder to relax. Try to stay away from your screen for a few hours before bed. Turn it off after dinner, and spend your evening engaging in more restful activities like reading, having a bath, going for a short walk, or spending time with loved ones.
Optimize your sleeping environment
Your bedroom plays a big part in how well you sleep. If it is uncomfortable and full of distractions, you’re going to have trouble nodding off. Take steps to optimize your sleeping environment by ensuring your bedding is comfy, your room is at the right temperature, and there is no noise or light to distract you.
Watch your eating habits
Your diet affects all aspects of your health, and sleep is no different. Eating excessively large dinners or eating too close to bedtime can make it difficult to sleep, as your body is working hard to process all that food. Try to eat early, and consume smaller meals if you’re prone to overeating. Limit the amount of fatty and greasy foods you eat and keep well hydrated with water throughout the day.
It is so important to have good rest each night and enough to reenergize your body. Try out some of these tips for better sleep at night. And let me know if you have any tips for better sleep in the comments below.
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