It’s no secret that getting more shut-eye has a positive impact on many aspects of our lives. However, it’s just not that simple to “get more sleep”. Our lives are busy. We’re students, parents, and siblings. We have jobs, responsibilities and stresses. All of these things can positively or negatively effect how much sleep and the quality of the sleep we get.
Most of us understand how important getting a quality night’s sleep is. But it may be time for all of us to take it a little more seriously. Did you know that a lack of sleep causes stress on the body which triggers weight gain, premature aging, hair loss, hormone imbalances, infertility, and lowered immune function? I’ll pass.
Here’s a couple ways you get started working towards getting more, higher quality sleep each night.
1. Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day. Our hormones impact the sleep we get. By regulating these times you are actually balancing your hormones which enables you to access better sleep.
2. Avoid sugars and carbohydrates. Easier said than done, but just remember that these foods cause large spikes in your blood sugar levels which can wake you up in the middle of the night when they drop. This can also cause you to wake up extra hungry in the morning because your blood sugar crashed during the night.
3. Drink enough water throughout the day. A good rule of thumb is try and get 8, 8 ounce glasses of water a day.
4. Try playing soothing music to help you fall asleep. Many people have had success with rain or light wave noises.
5. Skip the screen time before (or in) bed. Disconnecting earlier in the night will help you relax and stress less.
Hopefully these simple tricks can get you on your way to nights full of more, better quality sleep!
By Abby Cole